How to format your references using the South African Journal of Animal Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for South African Journal of Animal Science. 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
Renton, P. 2004. Has the Higgs boson been discovered? Nature 428, 141–144.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fisher, A. T., & Becker, K. 2000. Channelized fluid flow in oceanic crust reconciles heat-flow and permeability data. Nature 403, 71–74.
A journal article with 3 authors
Smith, D. R., Pendry, J. B., & Wiltshire, M. C. K. 2004. Metamaterials and negative refractive index. Science 305, 788–792.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Tegus, O., Brück, E., Buschow, K. H. J., & de Boer, F. R. 2002. Transition-metal-based magnetic refrigerants for room-temperature applications. Nature 415, 150–152.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Good, P. I., & Hardin, J. W. 2012. Common Errors in Statistics (And How to Avoid Them). John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Fang, Z., & Smith, R. L., Jr. (Eds). 2016. Production of Biofuels and Chemicals from Lignin. Springer, Singapore.
A chapter in an edited book
Hailu, R., & Ito, T. 2014. Optimal Preference Clustering Technique for Scalable Multiagent Negotiation(Short Paper).Pages 43–48 in Modern Advances in Applied Intelligence: 27th International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Other Applications of Applied Intelligent Systems, IEA/AIE 2014, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, June 3-6, 2014, Proceedings, Part I. Ali, M., Pan, J.-S., Chen, S.-M., Horng, M.-F., eds. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham.

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 South African Journal of Animal Science.

Blog post
Andrew, E. 2014. Caiman Tears Quench Thirst of Bee and Butterfly. 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. 2001. Aviation Safety: FAA and DOD Response to Similar Safety Concerns. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Peters, A. 2009. The mark of gender: Depicting power and the female body in colonial Peru.

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
Wagner, J. 2017. Baseball; Mets Face Pitching Decisions. New York Times, B12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Renton, 2004).
This sentence cites two references (Fisher & Becker, 2000; Renton, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Fisher & Becker, 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Tegus et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleSouth African Journal of Animal Science
AbbreviationS. Afr. J. Anim. Sci.
ISSN (print)0375-1589
ISSN (online)2221-4062
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology

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