How to format your references using the Australian Feminist Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Australian Feminist Studies. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Mueller, Kristen L. 2013. “Antibodies. The Future Is Now. Introduction.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 341 (6151): 1191.
A journal article with 2 authors
Venters, Bryan J., and B. Franklin Pugh. 2013. “Genomic Organization of Human Transcription Initiation Complexes.” Nature 502 (7469): 53–58.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sherman, David H., Sachiko Tsukamoto, and Robert M. Williams. 2015. “ORGANIC SYNTHESIS. Comment on ‘Asymmetric Syntheses of Sceptrin and Massadine and Evidence for Biosynthetic Enantiodivergence.’” Science (New York, N.Y.) 349 (6244): 149.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Ferguson, Neil M., Derek A. T. Cummings, Christophe Fraser, James C. Cajka, Philip C. Cooley, and Donald S. Burke. 2006. “Strategies for Mitigating an Influenza Pandemic.” Nature 442 (7101): 448–452.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Tms. 2011. Engineering Solutions for Sustainability. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Cosottini, Mirco, ed. 2012. Anatomia RM Dell’encefalo. Vol. 7. Imaging & Formazione. Milano: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Kosec, Marija, Barbara Malič, Andreja Benčan, and Tadej Rojac. 2008. “KNN-Based Piezoelectric Ceramics.” In Piezoelectric and Acoustic Materials for Transducer Applications, edited by Ahmad Safari and E. Koray Akdoğan, 81–102. Boston, MA: Springer US.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Australian Feminist Studies.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2015. “Why I Wasn’t Excited About The Medieval Remedy That Works Against MRSA.” IFLScience. IFLScience.


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office. 2011. IT Dashboard: Accuracy Has Improved, and Additional Efforts Are Under Way to Better Inform Decision Making. GAO-12-210. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Adaligil, Emel. 2010. “Electron Transfer through Self-Assembled Monolayers of Alkaneselenols and Alkanethiols on Mercury Electrode.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Herrman, John. 2017. “Trust Bust.” New York Times, October 2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Mueller 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Mueller 2013; Venters and Pugh 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Venters and Pugh 2013)
  • Three authors: (Sherman, Tsukamoto, and Williams 2015)
  • 4 or more authors: (Ferguson et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleAustralian Feminist Studies
AbbreviationAust. Fem. Stud.
ISSN (print)0816-4649
ISSN (online)1465-3303
ScopeGender Studies

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