How to format your references using the Dialectical Anthropology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Dialectical Anthropology. 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
Lynch, Clifford. 2008. Big data: How do your data grow? Nature 455: 28–29.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vlaminck, Vincent, and Matthieu Bailleul. 2008. Current-induced spin-wave Doppler shift. Science (New York, N.Y.) 322: 410–413.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tremblay, Stéphanie, Douglas M. Shiller, and David J. Ostry. 2003. Somatosensory basis of speech production. Nature 423: 866–869.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Chen, Hudong, Satheesh Kandasamy, Steven Orszag, Rick Shock, Sauro Succi, and Victor Yakhot. 2003. Extended Boltzmann kinetic equation for turbulent flows. Science (New York, N.Y.) 301: 633–636.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ambaum, Maarten H. P. 2010. Thermal Physics of the Atmosphere. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Alexandrov, Vesselin, Martin Felix Gajdusek, C. Gregory Knight, and Antoaneta Yotova, ed. 2010. Global Environmental Change: Challenges to Science and Society in Southeastern Europe: Selected Papers presented in the International Conference held 19-21 May 2008 in Sofia Bulgaria. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Clack, Jennifer A., and Jason S. Anderson. 2016. Early Tetrapods: Experimenting with Form and Function. In Evolution of the Vertebrate Ear: Evidence from the Fossil Record, ed. Jennifer A. Clack, Richard R. Fay, and Arthur N. Popper, 71–105. Springer Handbook of Auditory Research. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Dialectical Anthropology.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, Jonathan. 2015. NASA Forced To Hand $490 Million To Russia For Flights To The ISS And Their Chief Is Pissed. IFLScience. IFLScience. August 8.


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. 2014. Information Technology: HUD Can Take Additional Actions to Improve Its Governance. GAO-15-56. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Waldron, Kimberly D. 2017. The Influence of Leadership Emotional Intelligence on Employee Engagement. Doctoral dissertation, Malibu, CA: Pepperdine University.

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
Bilefsky, Dan. 2017. Plan to Withdraw From European Nuclear Treaty Stirs Alarm in Britain. New York Times, July 12.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Lynch 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Lynch 2008; Vlaminck and Bailleul 2008).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Vlaminck and Bailleul 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen et al. 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleDialectical Anthropology
AbbreviationDialect. Anthropol.
ISSN (print)0304-4092
ISSN (online)1573-0786
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Sociology and Political Science

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