How to format your references using the Journal of the South African Veterinary Association citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the South African Veterinary Association (JSAVA). 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
Resch, K. J., 2008, ‘Physics. Amplifying a tiny optical effect’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 319(5864), 733–734.
A journal article with 2 authors
Casals, F. & Bertranpetit, J., 2012, ‘Genetics. Human genetic variation, shared and private’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 337(6090), 39–40.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pauluis, O., Czaja, A. & Korty, R., 2008, ‘The global atmospheric circulation on moist isentropes’, Science (New York, N.Y.) 321(5892), 1075–1078.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Ioffe, L. B., Feigel’man, M. V., Ioselevich, A., Ivanov, D., Troyer, M. & Blatter, G., 2002, ‘Topologically protected quantum bits using Josephson junction arrays’, Nature 415(6871), 503–506.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tagare, D. M., 2011, Electric Power Generation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Nilius, B., Amara, S. G., Gudermann, T., Jahn, R., Lill, R., Offermanns, S. et al. (eds.), 2012, Reviews of Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Vol. 163, Vol. 163, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Käyhkö, J., Apsite, E., Bolek, A., Filatov, N., Kondratyev, S., Korhonen, J. et al., 2015, ‘Recent Change—River Run-off and Ice Cover’, in The BACC II Author Team (ed.), Second Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin, pp. 99–116, Springer International Publishing, Cham.

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 South African Veterinary Association.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2016, October 29, ‘Revealed: The Ancient Genetic Link Between Chimpanzees And Bonobos’. Viewed 30 October 2018, from


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, Telecommunications: Broadband Deployment Is Extensive throughout the United States, but It Is Difficult to Assess the Extent of Deployment Gaps in Rural Areas (No. GAO-06-426), 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
Cox, V., 2015, A Quantitative Analysis of the Yield Curve: Forecasting the Length and End of a Recession (Doctoral dissertation), Northcentral University, Scottsdale, AZ.

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
(nyt), S. K., 2004, July 8, ‘World Briefing | Europe: Russia, Georgia: Tension Over Ossetia’, New York Times, p. A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Resch 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Casals & Bertranpetit 2012; Resch 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Casals & Bertranpetit 2012)
  • Three authors: (Pauluis, Czaja, & Korty 2008)
  • 7 or more authors: (Ioffe, Feigel’man, Ioselevich, Ivanov, Troyer, & Blatter 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of the South African Veterinary Association
AbbreviationJ. S. Afr. Vet. Assoc.
ISSN (print)1019-9128
ISSN (online)2224-9435
ScopeGeneral Medicine
General Veterinary

Other styles