How to format your references using the JPRAS Open citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for JPRAS Open. 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
Midgley GF. Ecology. Biodiversity and ecosystem function. Science. 2012;335(6065):174-175.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gilfanov M, Bogdán A. An upper limit on the contribution of accreting white dwarfs to the type Ia supernova rate. Nature. 2010;463(7283):924-925.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kaib NA, Raymond SN, Duncan M. Planetary system disruption by Galactic perturbations to wide binary stars. Nature. 2013;493(7432):381-384.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Setogawa S, Yamaura H, Arasaki T, Endo S, Yanagihara D. Deficits in memory-guided limb movements impair obstacle avoidance locomotion in Alzheimer’s disease mouse model. Sci Rep. 2014;4:7220.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kroese DP, Taimre T, Botev ZI, Rubinstein RY. Simulation and the Monte Carlo Method: Solutions Manual to Accompany. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2007.
An edited book
Rizvi SA, Coyle PK, eds. Clinical Neuroimmunology: Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Bhattacharyya S, Maulik U. Target Tracking Using Fuzzy Hostility Induced Segmentation of Optical Flow Field. In: Maulik U, ed. Soft Computing for Image and Multimedia Data Processing. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013:97-107.

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 JPRAS Open.

Blog post
Andrew E. Children With Prosthetics Could Soon Be Creating Their Own Lego Attachments. IFLScience. Published July 25, 2015. Accessed October 30, 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. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education: Strategic Planning Needed to Better Manage Overlapping Programs across Multiple Agencies. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Huber JA. Building an army: A corollary study of group interaction and group productivity. 2012.

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
Herrman J. Online platforms annexed much of our public sphere, playacting as little democracies — until extremists made them reveal their true nature. New York Times. August 21, 2017:MM18.

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 titleJPRAS Open
AbbreviationJPRAS Open
ISSN (print)2352-5878

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