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
Padma, T. V. 2005. “India’s drug tests,” Nature, 436/7050 (2005), 485.
A journal article with 2 authors
Heinrich, A. and S. Loth 2011. “Physics. A logical use for atoms,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 332/6033 (2011), 1039–1040.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaczmarczyk, A., J. A. Vorholt, and A. Francez-Charlot 2014. “Synthetic vanillate-regulated promoter for graded gene expression in Sphingomonas,” Scientific reports, 4 (2014), 6453.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wang, L., A. Brock, B. Herberich, and P. G. Schultz 2001. “Expanding the genetic code of Escherichia coli,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 292/5516 (2001), 498–500.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Goering, H., H.-G. Roos, and L. Tobiska 2010. Die Finite-Elemente-Methode für Anfänger (Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2010).
An edited book
Chu, J. 2008. Physics and Properties of Narrow Gap Semiconductors, ed. A. Sher (New York, NY: Springer, 2008).
A chapter in an edited book
Clay, S. M. and S. S. Fong 2013. “Systems Biology,” in S. S. Fong, ed., Developing Biofuel Bioprocesses Using Systems and Synthetic Biology, SpringerBriefs in Systems Biology (New York, NY: Springer, 2013), 21–36.

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
Andrews, R. Bronze Age Weapons And Stone Age Structures Discovered Beneath Scotland 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 1996. Space Station: Cost Control Difficulties Continue ( No. NSIAD-96-135) (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Katukuri, J. 2012. Relationship Extraction and Link Discovery from Biomedical Literature Doctoral dissertation, Lafayette, LA: University of Louisiana (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. 2016. “He Accosted a Runner. Now He’s Angry,” New York Times, August 7, 2016, SP7.

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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