How to format your references using the Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology. 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
Poskett J. Mathematics: a life computed. Nature. 2012;486(7403):321.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wu H, Siegel RM. Medicine. Progranulin resolves inflammation. Science. 2011;332(6028):427-428.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jia CL, Lentzen M, Urban K. Atomic-resolution imaging of oxygen in perovskite ceramics. Science. 2003;299(5608):870-873.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Teo KBK, Minoux E, Hudanski L, et al. Microwave devices: carbon nanotubes as cold cathodes. Nature. 2005;437(7061):968.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Aubrey SB. The Profitable Hobby Farm. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
Aggarwal CC, Wang H, eds. Managing and Mining Graph Data. Vol 40. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Bianchi M, Draoli M, Gambosi G. An Innovative Approach to the Development of E-Government Search Services. In: Andersen KN, Francesconi E, Grönlund Å, Engers TM van, eds. Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective: Second International Conference, EGOVIS 2011, Toulouse, France, August 29 – September 2, 2011. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011:41-55.

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 the American Society of Cytopathology.

Blog post
Andrews R. These Are The World’s Most Empathetic Countries. 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. Government Aircraft: Observations on Travel by Senior Officials. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1995.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Kinney CE. Realtime controller tuning for periodic disturbance rejection with application to active noise control. 2009.

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
Abad S, Casey N. Race Is On to Find Survivors of Colombia Mudslide. New York Times. April 2, 2017:A6.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 the American Society of Cytopathology
AbbreviationJ. Am. Soc. Cytopathol.
ISSN (print)2213-2945
ScopePathology and Forensic Medicine

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