How to format your references using the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST). 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
Dickson, B. J. (2002). Molecular mechanisms of axon guidance. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5600), 1959–1964.
A journal article with 2 authors
Müser, M. H., & Shakhvorostov, D. (2010). Applied physics. Why thick can be slick. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5974), 52–53.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mendoza, M., Herrmann, H. J., & Succi, S. (2013). Hydrodynamic model for conductivity in graphene. Scientific Reports, 3, 1052.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Rowe, H. M., Jakobsson, J., Mesnard, D., Rougemont, J., Reynard, S., Aktas, T., Maillard, P. V., Layard-Liesching, H., Verp, S., Marquis, J., Spitz, F., Constam, D. B., & Trono, D. (2010). KAP1 controls endogenous retroviruses in embryonic stem cells. Nature, 463(7278), 237–240.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
“MAX” Maxfield, C., & Brown, A. (2005). The Definitive Guide to How Computers Do Math. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Quarteroni, A. (2014). Matematica Numerica (R. Sacco, F. Saleri, & P. Gervasio, Eds.; 4a edizione, Vol. 77). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Messner, W. (2012). Strategically Organising for Innovation in Global Sourcing. In U. Bäumer, P. Kreutter, & W. Messner (Eds.), Globalization of Professional Services: Innovative Strategies, Successful Processes, Inspired Talent Management, and First-Hand Experiences (pp. 41–51). 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 the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2015, November 14). What Is A White Hole? 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. (2009). School Facilities: Physical Conditions in School Districts Receiving Impact Aid for Students Residing on Indian Lands (GAO-10-32). 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
Borchardt, G. M. (2013). Making D.C. Democracy’s Capital: Local Activism, the “Federal State”, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington 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
Walsh, M. W. (2013, April 19). In Congress, a Bill Seeks to Tie Municipal Borrowing Power to Public Pension Disclosure. New York Times, B4.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dickson, 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Dickson, 2002; Müser & Shakhvorostov, 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (Müser & Shakhvorostov, 2010)
  • Three authors: (Mendoza et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Rowe et al., 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
AbbreviationJ. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci.
ISSN (print)0002-8231
ISSN (online)2330-1643
ScopeGeneral Engineering

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