How to format your references using the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI). 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
Smaglik, P. 2003. Alternative approaches. Nature 421, 455.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ignés-Mullol, J. & D. K. Schwartz 2001. Shear-induced molecular precession in a hexatic Langmuir monolayer. Nature 410, 348–351.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zenkin, N., Y. Yuzenkova & K. Severinov 2006. Transcript-assisted transcriptional proofreading. Science (New York, N.Y.) 313, 518–520.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Taylor, A., M. Dunne, S. Bennington, et al. 2007. A route to the brightest possible neutron source? Science (New York, N.Y.) 315, 1092–1095.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Islam, M. R. & J. G. Speight 2016. Peak Energy: Myth or Reality? Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Liu, H., J. J. Salerno & M. J. Young (eds) 2008. Social Computing, Behavioral Modeling, and Prediction. Boston, MA: Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Gentile, M. S. & W. Small 2015. Prevention of Injury from Pelvic Irradiation. In Radiation Therapy for Pelvic Malignancy and its Consequences (eds) E. D. Ehrenpreis, R. de W. Marsh & W. Small Jr., 65–76. New York, NY: 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 Royal Anthropological Institute.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2014. Microbeads In Soaps Facing Bans Due To Great Lakes Pollution. IFLScience (available on-line:, accessed 30 October 2018).


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 1990. Air Traffic Control: Status of FAA’s Effort to Modernize the System. 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
Ashbran, M. C. 2011. Examining student learning in a physics pedagogical content knowledge course. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Kelly, M. 2000. An Update for the Innards of the Net. New York Times, 30 March, G10.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Ignés-Mullol & Schwartz 2001; Smaglik 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Ignés-Mullol & Schwartz 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Taylor et al. 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
AbbreviationJ. R. Anthropol. Inst.
ISSN (print)1359-0987
ISSN (online)1467-9655
ScopeArts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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