How to format your references using the Chinese Journal of Aeronautics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chinese Journal of Aeronautics (CJA). 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Neu Urs. Is recent major hurricane activity normal? Nature 2008;451(7181):E5; discussion E6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Boles Larry C., Lohmann Kenneth J. True navigation and magnetic maps in spiny lobsters. Nature 2003;421(6918):60–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
Segawa Yasutomo, Yamashita Makoto, Nozaki Kyoko. Boryllithium: isolation, characterization, and reactivity as a boryl anion. Science 2006;314(5796):113–5.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Hosseini T., Flores-Vivian I., Sobolev K., Kouklin N. Concrete embedded dye-synthesized photovoltaic solar cell. Sci Rep 2013;3:2727.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ibrahim Dogan. Microcontroller Based Applied Digital Control. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2006.
An edited book
Schmidt Renate A., editor. Automated Deduction – CADE-22: 22nd International Conference on Automated Deduction, Montreal, Canada, August 2-7, 2009. Proceedings. vol. 5663. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Adeyanju Ibrahim, Wiratunga Nirmalie, Lothian Robert, Craw Susan. Applying Machine Translation Evaluation Techniques to Textual CBR. In: Bichindaritz Isabelle, Montani Stefania, editors. Case-Based Reasoning. Research and Development: 18th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning, ICCBR 2010, Alessandria, Italy, July 19-22, 2010. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010. p. 21–35.

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 Chinese Journal of Aeronautics.

Blog post
Andrews Robin. Infrared Imaging Shows Jupiter’s Gas Streaks In A New Light. IFLScience. Available at Accessed October 30, 2018, 2016.


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. School Meal Programs: Sharing Information on Best Practices May Improve Programs’ Operations. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bockler Tina. Legal advocacy program for low-income children with disabilities: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2014.

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
Hodara Susan. Scenic Lakes and, Soon, a Town Center. New York Times 2017:RE7.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleChinese Journal of Aeronautics
ISSN (print)1000-9361
ScopeAerospace Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Other styles