How to format your references using the Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin. 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
Kidwell, S. M. 2005. “Shell composition has no net impact on large-scale evolutionary patterns in mollusks,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 307/5711 (2005), 914–917.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scholes, R. J. and I. R. Noble 2001. “Climate change. Storing carbon on land,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 294/5544 (2001), 1012–1013.
A journal article with 3 authors
Holmes, E. A., M. G. Craske, and A. M. Graybiel 2014. “Psychological treatments: A call for mental-health science,” Nature, 511/7509 (2014), 287–289.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tanda, S., T. Tsuneta, Y. Okajima, K. Inagaki, K. Yamaya, and N. Hatakenaka 2002. “A Möbius strip of single crystals,” Nature, 417/6887 (2002), 397–398.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Martin, J. E. 2013. Physics for Radiation Protection (Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2013).
An edited book
Vrancx, P., M. Knudson, and M. Grześ, eds., 2012. Adaptive and Learning Agents: International Workshop, ALA 2011, Held at AAMAS 2011, Taipei, Taiwan, May 2, 2011, Revised Selected Papers, 7113th, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2012).
A chapter in an edited book
Roberts, J. 2013. “Socrates, the Athenian,” in G. Anagnostopoulos and F. D. Miller Jr., eds., Reason and Analysis in Ancient Greek Philosophy: Essays in Honor of David Keyt (Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2013), 55–66.

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 Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. Surprise Disk Of Young Stars Discovered Around Milky Way Center IFLScience (IFLScience, 2015) <>, accessed 30 October 2018.


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 2012. Highway Safety: Selected Cases of Commercial Drivers with Potentially Disqualifying Impairments ( No. GAO-13-13) (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2012).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Estrada, M. I. 2012. A community risk assessment of the 90806 zip code Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach (2012).

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
Branch, J. 2017. “Cheers on a Soccer Field, Far From Las Vegas,” New York Times, October 11, 2017, A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleComparative Oriental Manuscript Studies Bulletin
ISSN (print)2410-0951

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