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
Barinaga, M. (2000). SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY: Satisfaction Sans Status. Science (New York, N.Y.), 289(5487), 2025.
A journal article with 2 authors
Freeman, A. S., & Byers, J. E. (2006). Divergent induced responses to an invasive predator in marine mussel populations. Science (New York, N.Y.), 313(5788), 831–833.
A journal article with 3 authors
Myrskylä, M., Kohler, H.-P., & Billari, F. C. (2009). Advances in development reverse fertility declines. Nature, 460(7256), 741–743.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Burgdorf, S., Kautz, A., Böhnert, V., Knolle, P. A., & Kurts, C. (2007). Distinct pathways of antigen uptake and intracellular routing in CD4 and CD8 T cell activation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 316(5824), 612–616.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heiberger, R. M. (2015). Computation for the Analysis of Designed Experiments. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Kulshrestha, U., & Saxena, P. (Eds.). (2016). Plant Responses to Air Pollution. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Scesi, L., & Gattinoni, P. (2010). Methods and Models to Simulate the Groundwater Flow in Rock Masses. In P. Gattinoni (Ed.), Water Circulation in Rocks (pp. 87–99). Springer Netherlands.

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
Andrew, E. (2015, July 29). Why The $100m Alien Listening Project May Be A Huge Waste Of Time. 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. (2006). Abstinence Education: Efforts to Assess the Accuracy and Effectiveness of Federally Funded Programs (GAO-07-87). 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
Goldberg, A. L. (2017). The Seriously Ill Patient’s Broken Care Continuum: One Community’s Action Response [Doctoral dissertation]. Capella 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
Luongo, M. T. (2017, August 13). Capturing A City at War With Itself. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Barinaga, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Barinaga, 2000; Freeman & Byers, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Freeman & Byers, 2006)
  • Three authors: (Myrskylä et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Burgdorf et al., 2007)

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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