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
Dalton, R. 2000. Los Alamos “loses” key weapons data. Nature 405: 725.
A journal article with 2 authors
O’Toole, Paul W., and Ian B. Jeffery. 2015. Gut microbiota and aging. Science (New York, N.Y.) 350: 1214–1215.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dalli, Jesmond, Romain A. Colas, and Charles N. Serhan. 2013. Novel n-3 immunoresolvents: structures and actions. Scientific reports 3: 1940.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Zhou, Xuan, Yu Ren, Aiqin Liu, Rui Jin, Qingping Jiang, Yuanyuan Huang, Lingping Kong, Xudong Wang, and Lun Zhang. 2014. WP1066 sensitizes oral squamous cell carcinoma cells to cisplatin by targeting STAT3/miR-21 axis. Scientific reports 4: 7461.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kenny, Tom. 2014. The Nuts and Bolts of Implantable Device Therapy Pacemakers. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Spagnolo, Filippo. 2010. European and Chinese Cognitive Styles and Their Impact on Teaching Mathematics. Edited by Benedetto Di Paola. Vol. 277. Studies in Computational Intelligence. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Filippone, Giuseppe, Donato D’Ambrosio, Davide Marocco, and William Spataro. 2016. Evolving Protection Measures for Lava Risk Management Decision Making. In Computational Intelligence: Revised and Selected Papers of the International Joint Conference, IJCCI 2013, Vilamoura, Portugal, September 20-22, 2013, ed. Kurosh Madani, António Dourado, Agostinho Rosa, Joaquim Filipe, and Janusz Kacprzyk, 65–81. Studies in Computational Intelligence. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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. How National Security Gave Birth To Bioethics. IFLScience. IFLScience. June 8.


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. 2005. Aviation Safety: FAA Management Practices for Technical Training Mostly Effective; Further Actions Could Enhance Results. GAO-05-728. 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
Byrd, William E. 2009. Relational programming in miniKanren: Techniques, applications, and implementations. Doctoral dissertation, Bloomington, IN: Indiana 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
Dash, Eric. 2011. Standard & Poor’s Lowers More Ratings. New York Times, August 9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dalton 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Dalton 2000; O’Toole and Jeffery 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (O’Toole and Jeffery 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhou et al. 2014)

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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