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
Friedman, William E. 2009. Evolution. Auxin at the evo-devo intersection. Science (New York, N.Y.) 324: 1652–1653.
A journal article with 2 authors
Richardson, Tammi L., and George A. Jackson. 2007. Small phytoplankton and carbon export from the surface ocean. Science (New York, N.Y.) 315: 838–840.
A journal article with 3 authors
Audouze, Karine, Søren Brunak, and Philippe Grandjean. 2013. A computational approach to chemical etiologies of diabetes. Scientific reports 3: 2712.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Huang, Cai, Zenon Rajfur, Christoph Borchers, Michael D. Schaller, and Ken Jacobson. 2003. JNK phosphorylates paxillin and regulates cell migration. Nature 424: 219–223.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Prud’homme, Roger. 2012. Flows and Chemical Reactions. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Chaudron, Michel R. V., ed. 2009. Models in Software Engineering: Workshops and Symposia at MODELS 2008, Toulouse, France, September 28 - October 3, 2008. Reports and Revised Selected Papers. Vol. 5421. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Miller, Albert. 2012. Californium-252 as a Neutron Source for BNCT. In Neutron Capture Therapy: Principles and Applications, ed. Wolfgang Sauerwein, Andrea Wittig, Raymond Moss, and Yoshinobu Nakagawa, 69–74. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Andrew, Elise. 2016. How To Capture The Violent Tumult Of Our Roiling Universe, Moment By Moment. IFLScience. IFLScience. May 4.


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. Information Technology: Streamlining FHA’s Single Family Housing Operations. AIMD-97-4. 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
Bradford, Annette. 2015. Internationalization Policy at the Genba: Exploring the Implementation of Social Science English-Taught Undergraduate Degree Programs in Three Japanese Universities. Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC: George Washington 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
Tomasky, Michael. 2017. A Bad Deal for Democrats. New York Times, September 8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Friedman 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Richardson and Jackson 2007; Friedman 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Richardson and Jackson 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Huang 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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