How to format your references using the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. 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
Lupascu, A., 2014. Quantum physics: The path most travelled. Nature 511, 538–539.
A journal article with 2 authors
Stocker, T.F., Plattner, G.-K., 2014. Climate policy: Rethink IPCC reports. Nature 513, 163–165.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ji, M., Odelius, M., Gaffney, K.J., 2010. Large angular jump mechanism observed for hydrogen bond exchange in aqueous perchlorate solution. Science 328, 1003–1005.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wilson, A.M., McGuigan, M.P., Su, A., van Den Bogert, A.J., 2001. Horses damp the spring in their step. Nature 414, 895–899.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wegener, E., 2003. Montagegerechte Anlagenplanung. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Nikolaidis, Y. (Ed.), 2013. Quality Management in Reverse Logistics: A Broad Look on Quality Issues and Their Interaction with Closed-Loop Supply Chains. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Lalanda, P., McCann, J.A., Diaconescu, A., 2013. The Monitoring Function, in: McCann, J.A., Diaconescu, A. (Eds.), Autonomic Computing: Principles, Design and Implementation, Undergraduate Topics in Computer Science. Springer, London, pp. 129–151.

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 Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

Blog post
Hale, T., 2017. Pilot Films Mind-Blowing Time-lapse Video Of The Milky Way [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2015. Aviation Security: Improved Testing, Evaluation, and Performance Measurement Could Enhance Effectiveness (No. GAO-16-199T). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Wilkinson, B., 2017. You Got to Pray Just to Make It Today: The Relationship between Disclosure Disconnects, Job Satisfaction, and Organizational Commitment among Atheistic Employees (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
St. John Kelly, E., 1995. At the Nation’s Table: Davenport, Calif.; A New-Age Juice Intended For Women. New York Times C4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lupascu, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Lupascu, 2014; Stocker and Plattner, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Stocker and Plattner, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Wilson et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Archaeological Science: Reports
AbbreviationJ. Archaeol. Sci. Rep.
ISSN (print)2352-409X

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