How to format your references using the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. 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
Gadagkar R 2011 Evolution. Altruistic wasps? Science 333 833–4
A journal article with 2 authors
Ghose G M and Maunsell J H R 2002 Attentional modulation in visual cortex depends on task timing Nature 419 616–20
A journal article with 3 authors
Tomonaga M, Uwano Y and Saito T 2014 How dolphins see the world: a comparison with chimpanzees and humans Sci. Rep. 4 3717
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Sylantyev S, Savtchenko L P, Niu Y-P, Ivanov A I, Jensen T P, Kullmann D M, Xiao M-Y and Rusakov D A 2008 Electric fields due to synaptic currents sharpen excitatory transmission Science 319 1845–9

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pangarkar V G 2014 Design of Multiphase Reactors (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc)
An edited book
Corruble V, Takeda M and Suzuki E 2007 Discovery Science: 10th International Conference, DS 2007 Sendai, Japan, October 1-4, 2007. Proceedings vol 4755 (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer)
A chapter in an edited book
Schallmoser K, Etchart N, Strunk D and Rohde E 2012 Animal Protein–Free Expansion of Human Mesenchymal Stem/Progenitor Cells Regenerative Therapy Using Blood-Derived Stem Cells ed D S Allan and D Strunk (Totowa, NJ: Humana Press) pp 53–69

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 Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics.

Blog post
Andrew E 2015 The Mystery Of Breast Cancer 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 1997 Army Aviation and Troop Command (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
Than K 2015 The impact of companion pets on the well-being of older adults Doctoral dissertation (Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach)

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

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics
AbbreviationJ. Cosmol. Astropart. Phys.
ISSN (online)1475-7516
ScopeAstronomy and Astrophysics

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