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
Nathan, Carl. 2004. Antibiotics at the crossroads. Nature 431: 899–902.
A journal article with 2 authors
Shneiderman, Ben, and Jennifer Preece. 2007. Public health. Science (New York, N.Y.) 315: 944.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rebbeck, Clare A., Armand M. Leroi, and Austin Burt. 2011. Mitochondrial capture by a transmissible cancer. Science (New York, N.Y.) 331: 303.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Chen, Hsueh-Ying, Chien-Yu Lien, Wei-Yen Lin, Yuan T. Lee, and Jim J. Lin. 2009. UV absorption cross sections of ClOOCl are consistent with ozone degradation models. Science (New York, N.Y.) 324: 781–784.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Källén, Anders. 2011. Understanding Biostatistics. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Spaccapietra, Stefano, Elisa Bertino, Sushil Jajodia, Roger King, Dennis McLeod, Maria E. Orlowska, and Leon Strous, ed. 2005. Journal on Data Semantics II. Vol. 3360. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Arnold, Vladimir I., Valery V. Kozlov, and Anatoly I. Neishtadt. 2006. Variational Principles and Methods. In Mathematical Aspects of Classical and Celestial Mechanics: Third Edition, ed. Valery V. Kozlov and Anatoly I. Neishtadt, 135–170. Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences. 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 East Asian Linguistics.

Blog post
Hamilton, Kristy. 2016. A 700,000-Year-Old Fossil Find Shows The Hobbits’ Ancestors Were Even Smaller. IFLScience. IFLScience. June 17.


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. 1996. Earth Observing System: Concerns Over NASA’s Basic Research Funding Strategy. NSIAD-96-97. 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
Chung, Tilson Yao-Yang. 2010. Pulse designs on TR-MAS UWB. 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
Billard, Mary. 2010. She Never Outgrew These Shoes. New York Times, May 13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nathan 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Nathan 2004; Shneiderman and Preece 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Shneiderman and Preece 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen et al. 2009)

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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