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
Dyson, Paul J. 2009. “Journal Club. A Chemist Highlights Promising Organometallic Drugs.” Nature 458 (7237): 389.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kessler, M. A., and B. T. Werner. 2003. “Self-Organization of Sorted Patterned Ground.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 299 (5605): 380–383.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ooi, S. L., D. D. Shoemaker, and J. D. Boeke. 2001. “A DNA Microarray-Based Genetic Screen for Nonhomologous End-Joining Mutants in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 294 (5551): 2552–2556.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Chiu, Alexander S., Michelle M. Gehringer, Nady Braidy, Gilles J. Guillemin, Jeffrey H. Welch, and Brett A. Neilan. 2013. “Gliotoxicity of the Cyanotoxin, β-Methyl-Amino-L-Alanine (BMAA).” Scientific Reports 3: 1482.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Heiberger, Richard M. 2015. Computation for the Analysis of Designed Experiments. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Xiang, Ning, and Gerhard M. Sessler, eds. 2015. Acoustics, Information, and Communication: Memorial Volume in Honor of Manfred R. Schroeder. Modern Acoustics and Signal Processing. Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Lindström, John, Daria Plankina, Håkan Lideskog, Magnus Löfstrand, and Lennart Karlsson. 2013. “Functional Product Development: Criteria for Selection of Design Methods on Strategic and Operational Levels.” In The Philosopher’s Stone for Sustainability: Proceedings of the 4th CIRP International Conference on Industrial Product-Service Systems, Tokyo, Japan, November 8th - 9th, 2012, edited by Yoshiki Shimomura and Koji Kimita, 25–30. 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 Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2014. “What’s The Real Deal About The Atacama ‘Alien’?” IFLScience. IFLScience.’s-real-deal-about-atacama-alien/.


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. 1997. FCC: Ka-Band Satellite Application and Licensing Procedure. OGC-98-15. 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
Gutierrez, Rebecca. 2017. “Providing Hope: A Systematic Development of a Resource Manual for Mental Health Professionals Treating Latino/a Adolescents with Suicidal Ideation.” Doctoral dissertation, Malibu, CA: Pepperdine University.

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
Williams, John. 2016. “Outside The Bars.” New York Times, August 21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dyson 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Dyson 2009; Kessler and Werner 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Kessler and Werner 2003)
  • Three authors: (Ooi, Shoemaker, and Boeke 2001)
  • 4 or more authors: (Chiu et al. 2013)

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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