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
Gregg, J. Marty. 2012. “Applied Physics. Stressing Ferroelectrics.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 336 (6077): 41–42.
A journal article with 2 authors
Core, Leighton J., and John T. Lis. 2008. “Transcription Regulation through Promoter-Proximal Pausing of RNA Polymerase II.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 319 (5871): 1791–1792.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nishiyama, Tomoko, Keita Ohsumi, and Takeo Kishimoto. 2007. “Phosphorylation of Erp1 by P90rsk Is Required for Cytostatic Factor Arrest in Xenopus Laevis Eggs.” Nature 446 (7139): 1096–1099.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Willhoft, Oliver, Mohamed Ghoneim, Chia-Liang Lin, Eugene Y. D. Chua, Martin Wilkinson, Yuriy Chaban, Rafael Ayala, et al. 2018. “Structure and Dynamics of the Yeast SWR1-Nucleosome Complex.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 362 (6411).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tobias, Jeffrey, and Daniel Hochhauser. 2014. Cancer and Its Management. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Andréka, Hajnal, Miklós Ferenczi, and István Németi, eds. 2013. Cylindric-like Algebras and Algebraic Logic. Vol. 22. Bolyai Society Mathematical Studies. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bock, Carl E., and Jane H. Bock. 2009. “Biodiversity and Residential Development Beyond the Urban Fringe.” In The Planner’s Guide to Natural Resource Conservation: The Science of Land Development Beyond the Metropolitan Fringe, edited by Adrian X. Esparza and Guy McPherson, 59–84. New York, NY: 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 Research in Dance Education.

Blog post
Davis, Josh. 2015. “Bizarre Caterpillar Shoots Tentacles From Its Back.” 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. 1979. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare’s Professional Standards Review Organization Program. 109829. 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
Burke, Keith. 2012. “Big Five Personality Traits and Astrology: The Relationship between the Moon Variable and the NEO PI-R.” Doctoral dissertation, Carpinteria, CA: Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Davey, Monica, and Mary Williams Walsh. 2013. “Chicago Sees Pension Crisis Drawing Near.” New York Times, August 6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gregg 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Gregg 2012; Core and Lis 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Core and Lis 2008)
  • Three authors: (Nishiyama, Ohsumi, and Kishimoto 2007)
  • 4 or more authors: (Willhoft et al. 2018)

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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