How to format your references using the Journal of Contemporary Asia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Contemporary Asia. 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
Porto, J. V. 2013. “Physics. Cold-Atom Magnetism.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 340 (6138): 1297–1298.
A journal article with 2 authors
O’Dell, C. R., and Leisa K. Townsley. 2008. “Astronomy. Orion Continues to Surprise.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 319 (5861): 289–290.
A journal article with 3 authors
Grigoryan, Gevorg, Aaron W. Reinke, and Amy E. Keating. 2009. “Design of Protein-Interaction Specificity Gives Selective BZIP-Binding Peptides.” Nature 458 (7240): 859–864.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Mall, Achim, Jessica Sobotta, Claudia Huber, Carolin Tschirner, Stefanie Kowarschik, Katarina Bačnik, Mario Mergelsberg, et al. 2018. “Reversibility of Citrate Synthase Allows Autotrophic Growth of a Thermophilic Bacterium.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 359 (6375): 563–567.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
de Gyurky, Szabolcs Michael. 2006. The Cognitive Dynamics of Computer Science. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Gourtsoyiannis, Nicholas C., and Pablo R. Ros, eds. 2005. Radiologic-Pathologic Correlations from Head to Toe: Understanding the Manifestations of Disease. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Si, Yibo, Fengjuan Wu, and Lei Deng. 2014. “Application of Geo-Image to Vehicle Navigation.” In China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) 2014 Proceedings: Volume I, edited by Jiadong Sun, Wenhai Jiao, Haitao Wu, and Mingquan Lu, 41–52. Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. 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 Journal of Contemporary Asia.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2015. “Angelina Jolie’s Surgery Got You Worried? Here’s What You Should Know About Ovarian Cancer Risk.” IFLScience. IFLScience.


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. 2003. Comparison of States’ Highway Construction Costs. GAO-04-113R. 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
Barrie, Daniel Bennett. 2010. “On the Interaction of Wind Energy with Climate and Weather.” Doctoral dissertation, College Park, MD: University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Vecsey, George. 2012. “From Good Times at the Garden to a New Era at the Armory.” New York Times, February 9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Porto 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Porto 2013; O’Dell and Townsley 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (O’Dell and Townsley 2008)
  • Three authors: (Grigoryan, Reinke, and Keating 2009)
  • 4 or more authors: (Mall et al. 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Contemporary Asia
AbbreviationJ. Contemp. Asia
ISSN (print)0047-2336
ISSN (online)1752-7554
ScopeSocial Sciences (miscellaneous)
Cultural Studies

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