How to format your references using the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
G. King, “Ensuring the data-rich future of the social sciences,” Science 331(6018), 719–721 (2011).
A journal article with 2 authors
Y. Politi and J. C. Weaver, “Biomineralization. Built for tough conditions,” Science 347(6223), 712–713 (2015).
A journal article with 3 authors
A. H. Taylor, J. I. Allen, and P. A. Clark, “Extraction of a weak climatic signal by an ecosystem,” Nature 416(6881), 629–632 (2002).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P. Michel et al., “Collisions and gravitational reaccumulation: forming asteroid families and satellites,” Science 294(5547), 1696–1700 (2001).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G. Pease, Optimize Your Greatest Asset-Your People, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ (2015).
An edited book
M. Aiguier, F. Bretaudeau, and D. Krob, Eds., Complex Systems Design & Management: Proceedings of the First International Conference on Complex System Design & Management CSDM 2010, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2010).
A chapter in an edited book
D. Wang et al., “Fault Identification Techniques,” in Model-based Health Monitoring of Hybrid Systems, M. Yu, C. B. Low, and S. Arogeti, Eds., pp. 147–189, Springer, New York, NY (2013).

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 Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Human Spaceflight Launches Will Return to the United States,” IFLScience, 16 September 2014 (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, “Technology Assessment: Internet of Things: Status and implications of an increasingly connected world,” GAO-17-75, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2017).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L. E. Baruth, “Joan Tower and the clarinet: An examination of her compositional style and a performer’s guide to ‘RAIN WAVES’ (1997) and ‘A GIFT’ (2007),” Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati (2010).

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
J. Koblin, “For Revival, MTV Pivots To Its Past,” in New York Times, p. B1 (2017).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1.
This sentence cites two references 1,2.
This sentence cites four references 1–4.

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems
AbbreviationJ. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst.
ISSN (print)2329-4124
ISSN (online)2329-4221
ScopeSpace and Planetary Science
Control and Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Astronomy and Astrophysics

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