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
Schiermeier, Q. 2000. “Review panel assails Brussels research bureaucracy,” Nature, 406/6794 (2000), 336.
A journal article with 2 authors
Punnoose, A. and A. M. Finkel’stein 2005. “Metal-insulator transition in disordered two-dimensional electron systems,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 310/5746 (2005), 289–291.
A journal article with 3 authors
Schwarz, G., R. R. Mendel, and M. W. Ribbe 2009. “Molybdenum cofactors, enzymes and pathways,” Nature, 460/7257 (2009), 839–847.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Dougherty, M. K., H. Cao, K. K. Khurana, G. J. Hunt, G. Provan, S. Kellock, M. E. Burton, T. A. Burk, E. J. Bunce, S. W. H. Cowley, M. G. Kivelson, C. T. Russell, and D. J. Southwood 2018. “Saturn’s magnetic field revealed by the Cassini Grand Finale,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 362/6410 (2018).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Goldstein, L. S. B. and M. Schneider 2010. Stem Cells for Dummies® (Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2010).
An edited book
Ah-King, M., ed., 2013. Challenging Popular Myths of Sex, Gender and Biology, 1st, Crossroads of Knowledge (Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2013).
A chapter in an edited book
Olbers, D., J. Willebrand, and C. Eden 2012. “Geostrophic and Quasi-Geostrophic Motions,” in J. Willebrand and C. Eden, eds., Ocean Dynamics (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2012), 137–157.

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. Why Do Galaxies Stop Forming Stars? IFLScience (IFLScience, 2016) <>, 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 1989. Aviation Research: Information on FAA’s Research, Engineering, and Development Program ( No. RCED-89-122FS) (Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
O’Neal, L. 2016. What’s in Your Toolbox?: Examining Tool Choices at Two Middle and Late Woodland-Period Sites on Florida’s Central Gulf Coast, Doctoral dissertation, Tampa, FL: University of South Florida (2016).

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
Barron, J. 2016. “A Band Helps the East Village Heal After a Devastating Gas Explosion,” New York Times (September 16, 2016), A14.

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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