How to format your references using the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies. 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
Shukla, Jagadish. 2007. “Atmosphere. Monsoon Mysteries.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 318 (5848): 204–205.
A journal article with 2 authors
Singla, Veena, and Jeremy F. Reiter. 2006. “The Primary Cilium as the Cell’s Antenna: Signaling at a Sensory Organelle.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 313 (5787): 629–633.
A journal article with 3 authors
Walker, J. R., R. A. Corpina, and J. Goldberg. 2001. “Structure of the Ku Heterodimer Bound to DNA and Its Implications for Double-Strand Break Repair.” Nature 412 (6847): 607–614.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Hsieh, Yow-Wen, Ching-Ya Huang, Shih-Ying Yang, Yu-Hsuan Peng, Chung-Ping Yu, Pei-Dawn Lee Chao, and Yu-Chi Hou. 2014. “Oral Intake of Curcumin Markedly Activated CYP 3A4: In Vivo and Ex-Vivo Studies.” Scientific Reports 4 (October): 6587.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hanzo, L., and T. Keller. 2006. OFDM and MC-CDMA. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Hermann, Martin. 2016. Nonlinear Ordinary Differential Equations: Analytical Approximation and Numerical Methods. Edited by Masoud Saravi. New Delhi: Springer India.
A chapter in an edited book
Seroyer, Shane T., and Christopher D. Harner. 2009. “Avoiding and Managing Complications in PCL Reconstruction.” In Complications in Knee and Shoulder Surgery: Management and Treatment Options for the Sports Medicine Orthopedist, edited by Robert J. Meislin and Jeffrey Halbrecht, 75–90. London: 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 Latin American Cultural Studies.

Blog post
Fang, Janet. 2015. “Neurons and a Nerve Discovered in the Sex Organs of Male Spiders.” 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. 1976. FEA Procurement of Automatic Data Processing Services. B-178205.52. 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
Oteng, Yaw. 2001. “Enquête Sur La Pluralité Culturelle: Identité et Marginalisation Dans Le Roman Francophone Colonial et Postcolonial (Chraïbi, Kane, Kourouma, Boudjedra, Ben Jelloun).” Doctoral dissertation, Cincinnati, OH: University of Cincinnati.

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. 2011. “From the Men, A Few Highlights After the Deluge.” New York Times, September 11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shukla 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Shukla 2007; Singla and Reiter 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Singla and Reiter 2006)
  • Three authors: (Walker, Corpina, and Goldberg 2001)
  • 4 or more authors: (Hsieh et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Latin American Cultural Studies
AbbreviationJ. Lat. Am. Cult. Stud.
ISSN (print)1356-9325
ISSN (online)1469-9575
Cultural Studies

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