How to format your references using the Research in Dance Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Research in Dance Education. 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
McLeod, Howard L. 2013. “Cancer Pharmacogenomics: Early Promise, but Concerted Effort Needed.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 339 (6127): 1563–1566.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rambold, Angelika S., and Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz. 2011. “Cell Biology. SevERing Mitochondria.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 334 (6053): 186–187.
A journal article with 3 authors
Perrachione, Tyler K., Stephanie N. Del Tufo, and John D. E. Gabrieli. 2011. “Human Voice Recognition Depends on Language Ability.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 333 (6042): 595.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Gorelik, L. Y., A. Isacsson, Y. M. Galperin, R. I. Shekhter, and M. Jonson. 2001. “Coherent Transfer of Cooper Pairs by a Movable Grain.” Nature 411 (6836): 454–457.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Costa, Peter J. 2017. Applied Mathematics for the Analysis of Biomedical Data. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Pino, Robinson E., Alexander Kott, and Michael Shevenell, eds. 2014. Cybersecurity Systems for Human Cognition Augmentation. Vol. 61. Advances in Information Security. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Pagano, Michael A. 2016. “Federalism, E-Commerce and Public Finance in the USA.” In The Challenge of the Digital Economy: Markets, Taxation and Appropriate Economic Models, edited by Francesco Boccia and Robert Leonardi, 69–82. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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 Research in Dance Education.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2014. “Hitchhiking Robot Treks Across Canada.” IFLScience. IFLScience.


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. 1998. Aviation Acquisition: FAA Has a Structured Investment Management Approach, but Weaknesses Limit Its Effectiveness. RCED-96-156. 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
Briseno, Alvaro Ruiz. 2015. “Improving School Performance through Family Involvement: A Grant Project.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Linda Greenhouse; Karen, and Gary Gately contributed reporting for this article. 2005. “Supreme Court Roundup; BURDEN OF PROOF NOW ON PARENTS IN SCHOOL CASES.” New York Times, November 15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (McLeod 2013).
This sentence cites two references (McLeod 2013; Rambold and Lippincott-Schwartz 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Rambold and Lippincott-Schwartz 2011)
  • Three authors: (Perrachione, Del Tufo, and Gabrieli 2011)
  • 4 or more authors: (Gorelik et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleResearch in Dance Education
AbbreviationRes. Dance Educ.
ISSN (print)1464-7893
ISSN (online)1470-1111
ScopeVisual Arts and Performing Arts

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