How to format your references using the Language Testing in Asia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Language Testing in Asia. 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
Cordes, J. M. (2013). Astronomy. Radio bursts, origin unknown. Science (New York, N.Y.), 341(6141), 40–41.
A journal article with 2 authors
Greenberg, D. A., & Jin, K. (2005). From angiogenesis to neuropathology. Nature, 438(7070), 954–959.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tregenza, T., Butlin, R. K., & Wedell, N. (2000). Sexual conflict and speciation. Nature, 407(6801), 149–150.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Podsypanina, K., Du, Y.-C. N., Jechlinger, M., Beverly, L. J., Hambardzumyan, D., & Varmus, H. (2008). Seeding and propagation of untransformed mouse mammary cells in the lung. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5897), 1841–1844.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Packard, A. (2010). Digital Media Law. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
An edited book
Sandkuhl, K. (2014). Enterprise Modeling: Tackling Business Challenges with the 4EM Method. (J. Stirna, A. Persson, & M. Wißotzki, Eds.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Sprent, J. I. (2005). Biological Nitrogen Fixation Associated with Angiosperms in Terrestrial Ecosystems. In H. BassiriRad (Ed.), Nutrient Acquisition by Plants: An Ecological Perspective (pp. 89–116). Berlin, Heidelberg: 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 Language Testing in Asia.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, November 15). Why You Can Blame Evolution For Your Back Ache. IFLScience. IFLScience. 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. (1982). Analysis of NASA’s Fiscal Year 1983 Budget Request for Research and Development To Determine the Amount That Supports DOD’s Programs (No. MASAD-82-33). 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
Queener, J. D. (2015). A Post-School Outcome Study of Students with Learning Disabilities (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Wilson, M. (2017, October 12). Prosecutors Say Chelsea Bombing Suspect Had ‘Evil in His Heart.’ New York Times, p. A20.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Cordes 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Cordes 2013; Greenberg and Jin 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Greenberg and Jin 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Podsypanina et al. 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleLanguage Testing in Asia
AbbreviationLang. Test. Asia
ISSN (online)2229-0443

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