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
Miller, D. A. B. 2015. “Applied Optics. Sorting out light,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 347/6229 (2015), 1423–1424.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fuller, M. T. and A. C. Spradling 2007. “Male and female Drosophila germline stem cells: two versions of immortality,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 316/5823 (2007), 402–404.
A journal article with 3 authors
Politi, A., J. C. F. Matthews, and J. L. O’Brien 2009. “Shor’s quantum factoring algorithm on a photonic chip,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 325/5945 (2009), 1221.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zaric, S., G. N. Ostojic, J. Kono, J. Shaver, V. C. Moore, M. S. Strano, R. H. Hauge, R. E. Smalley, and X. Wei 2004. “Optical signatures of the Aharonov-Bohm phase in single-walled carbon nanotubes,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 304/5674 (2004), 1129–1131.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Madden, B. J. 2010. Wealth Creation (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2010).
An edited book
Yung, M., J. Zhang, and Z. Yang, eds., 2016. Trusted Systems: 7th International Conference, INTRUST 2015, Beijing, China, December 7-8, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, 9565th, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 1st ed. 2016 (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016).
A chapter in an edited book
Griesinger, C., B. Desprez, S. Coecke, W. Casey, and V. Zuang 2016. “Validation of Alternative In Vitro Methods to Animal Testing: Concepts, Challenges, Processes and Tools,” in C. Eskes and M. Whelan, eds., Validation of Alternative Methods for Toxicity Testing, Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2016), 65–132.

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
Davis, J. The Giant Sequoias Of The Sierra Nevada Owe Their Life To Gobi Desert IFLScience (IFLScience, 2017) <>, 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 2003. Mass Transit: FTA Needs to Provide Clear Information and Additional Guidance on the New Starts Ratings Process ( No. GAO-03-701) (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2003).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Jorge, M. H. 2004. Relationships Among Poverty, Financial Services, Human Capital, Risk Coping, and Natural Resources: Evidence from El Salvador and Bolivia, Doctoral dissertation, Columbus, OH: Ohio State University (2004).

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
McKINLEY, J. C., Jr., A. Southall, and A. L. Baker 2016. “Bronx Killing Leaves Only the Police in the Dark,” New York Times (December 15, 2016), 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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