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
Burns, Joseph A. 2014. “Solar System: Ring in the New.” Nature 508 (7494): 48–49.
A journal article with 2 authors
Thomas, Chris D., and Mark Williamson. 2012. “Extinction and Climate Change.” Nature 482 (7386): E4-5; author reply E5-6.
A journal article with 3 authors
Coyte, Katharine Z., Jonas Schluter, and Kevin R. Foster. 2015. “The Ecology of the Microbiome: Networks, Competition, and Stability.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 350 (6261): 663–666.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Tun, Mya Myat Ngwe, Kotaro Aoki, Masachika Senba, Corazon C. Buerano, Kenji Shirai, Ryuji Suzuki, Kouichi Morita, and Daisuke Hayasaka. 2014. “Protective Role of TNF-α, IL-10 and IL-2 in Mice Infected with the Oshima Strain of Tick-Borne Encephalitis Virus.” Scientific Reports 4 (June): 5344.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
van Deventer, Donald R., Kenji Imai, and Mark Mesler. 2013. Advanced Financial Risk Management, Second Edition. Solaris South Tower, Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.
An edited book
Wang, Lawrence K., Yung-Tse Hung, and Nazih K. Shammas, eds. 2007. Advanced Physicochemical Treatment Technologies. Vol. 5. Handbook of Environmental Engineering. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press.
A chapter in an edited book
Håkonsson, Dorthe Døjbak, Børge Obel, and Richard M. Burton. 2008. “Rational Emotionality: Integrating Emotions into Psychological Climate.” In Designing Organizations: 21st Century Approaches, edited by Richard M. Burton, Bo Eriksen, Dorthe Døjbak Håkonsson, Thorbjørn Knudsen, and Charles C. Snow, 59–81. Information and Organization Design Series. Boston, MA: Springer US.

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, Danielle. 2016. “11 Surprising Things That Your Physical Appearance Says About You.” 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. 2011. Next Generation Air Transportation System: Linking Test Facilities Can Help Leverage Resources and Improve Technology Transfer Efforts. GAO-12-187T. 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
Ward, Daryl. 2014. “Teaching with the End in Mind: A Teacher’s Life History as a Legacy of Educational Leaders.” Doctoral dissertation, Tampa, FL: University of South Florida.

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
Mullen, Michael G. 2017. “The Refugees We Need.” New York Times, September 29.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Burns 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Burns 2014; Thomas and Williamson 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Thomas and Williamson 2012)
  • Three authors: (Coyte, Schluter, and Foster 2015)
  • 4 or more authors: (Tun et al. 2014)

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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