How to format your references using the Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance. 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
de Rose, François. 2008. “Meetings That Changed the World: Paris 1951: The Birth of CERN.” Nature 455 (7210): 174–175.
A journal article with 2 authors
Parsons, Jeffrey, and Yair Wand. 2008. “A Question of Class.” Nature 455 (7216): 1040–1041.
A journal article with 3 authors
Binshtok, Alexander M., Bruce P. Bean, and Clifford J. Woolf. 2007. “Inhibition of Nociceptors by TRPV1-Mediated Entry of Impermeant Sodium Channel Blockers.” Nature 449 (7162): 607–610.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Pfitzner, Claudia, Isabel Schröder, Cornelia Scheungraber, Askin Dogan, Ingo Bernhard Runnebaum, Matthias Dürst, and Norman Häfner. 2014. “Digital-Direct-RT-PCR: A Sensitive and Specific Method for Quantification of CTC in Patients with Cervical Carcinoma.” Scientific Reports 4 (February): 3970.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ollivier, Jean-Pierre, Jean-Michel Torrenti, and Myriam Carcassès. 2012. Physical Properties of Concrete and Concrete Constituents. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Jeong, Hwa Young, Mohammad S. Obaidat, Neil Y. Yen, and James J. (jong Hyuk) Park, eds. 2014. Advances in Computer Science and Its Applications: CSA 2013. Vol. 279. Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Vo, Nghia “jack,” and Narendra Shet. 2014. “Radiology of the Liver in Children.” In Diseases of the Liver in Children: Evaluation and Management, edited by Karen F. Murray and Simon Horslen, 85–105. 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 Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2015. “Watch A Colorblind Man See The World In Color For The First Time.” 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. 1995. Airport Improvement Program: Update of Allocation of Funds and Passenger Facility Charges, 1992-94. RCED-95-225FS. 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
Serranilla, Maribeth. 2012. “Env7p Localizes to the Vacuole Membrane and Plays a Role in Vacuolar Protein Processing.” 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
Gorman, James. 2016. “Buzzed: Sweets Raise Hopes Among Bees.” New York Times, September 30.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (de Rose 2008).
This sentence cites two references (de Rose 2008; Parsons and Wand 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Parsons and Wand 2008)
  • Three authors: (Binshtok, Bean, and Woolf 2007)
  • 4 or more authors: (Pfitzner et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleResearch in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
AbbreviationRes. Drama Educ.
ISSN (print)1356-9783
ISSN (online)1470-112X
ScopeLiterature and Literary Theory
Visual Arts and Performing Arts

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