How to format your references using the Journal of East Asian Linguistics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of East Asian Linguistics. 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
Melino, Gerry. 2010. Journal club. A cancer biologist weighs up p53, metabolism and cancer. Nature 466: 905.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yu, Jimin, and Wally S. Broecker. 2010. Comment on “Deep-sea temperature and ice volume changes across the Pliocene-Pleistocene climate transitions.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 328: 1480; author reply 1480.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sun, Bing, Paul Munroe, and Guoxiu Wang. 2013. Ruthenium nanocrystals as cathode catalysts for lithium-oxygen batteries with a superior performance. Scientific reports 3: 2247.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Wisotzki, L., R. Bacon, J. Brinchmann, S. Cantalupo, P. Richter, J. Schaye, K. B. Schmidt, et al. 2018. Nearly all the sky is covered by Lyman-α emission around high-redshift galaxies. Nature 562: 229–232.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Florczyk, Stefan. 2004. Robot Vision. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Syka, Josef, and Michael M. Merzenich, ed. 2005. Plasticity and Signal Representation in the Auditory System. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Nadler, J. Victor, and Dennis D. Spencer. 2014. What Is a Seizure Focus? In Issues in Clinical Epileptology: A View from the Bench, ed. Helen E. Scharfman and Paul S. Buckmaster, 55–62. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 East Asian Linguistics.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2015. Why You Can Blame Evolution For Your Back Ache. IFLScience. IFLScience. November 15.


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. 1999. Teacher Training: Over $1.5 Billion Federal Funds Invested in Many Programs. T-HEHS-99-117. 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
Portwood, Barbara. 2017. Inclusive Special and General Education Secondary Teachers’ Attitudes towards the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in the General Education Setting. Doctoral dissertation, St. Charles, MO: Lindenwood 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
Kelly, Michael. 1992. THE TRANSITION: Packaging the Candidate; The Making of a First Family: a Blueprint. New York Times, November 14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Melino 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Melino 2010; Yu and Broecker 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Yu and Broecker 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Wisotzki et al. 2018)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of East Asian Linguistics
AbbreviationJ. East Asian Ling.
ISSN (print)0925-8558
ISSN (online)1572-8560
ScopeLanguage and Linguistics
History and Philosophy of Science
Linguistics and Language

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