How to format your references using the Karbala International Journal of Modern Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Karbala International Journal of Modern Science. 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
M.F. Good, Immunology. Pasteur approach to a malaria vaccine may take the lead, Science. 341 (2013) 1352–1353.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Gut, E. Verdin, The nexus of chromatin regulation and intermediary metabolism, Nature. 502 (2013) 489–498.
A journal article with 3 authors
T.E. Kaiser, R.V. Intine, M. Dundr, De novo formation of a subnuclear body, Science. 322 (2008) 1713–1717.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y.-M. Jiang, K.-X. Wang, H.-J. Zhang, J.-F. Wang, J.-S. Chen, Hierarchical Li4Ti5O12/TiO2 composite tubes with regular structural imperfection for lithium ion storage, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3490.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P. Marti, Baustatik, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, D-69451 Weinheim, Germany, 2014.
An edited book
D.T. Gamage, ed., Professional Development for Leaders and Managers of Self-Governing Schools, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
A.M. Macleod, Coercion, Justice, and Democracy, in: D.A. Reidy, W.J. Riker (Eds.), Coercion and the State, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2008: pp. 63–75.

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 Karbala International Journal of Modern Science.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Plan to build ‘CSI Elephant’ uses DNA forensics to track poachers, IFLScience. (2014).


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, Advanced Technology Program: Inherent Factors in Selection Process Could Limit Identification of Similar Research, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. Brawley, A nutrition and physical activity curriculum for pregnant women, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
G. Vecsey, Best Seat in House? It’s in the House, New York Times. (2011) SP7.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleKarbala International Journal of Modern Science
ISSN (print)2405-609X

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