How to format your references using the South Asian History and Culture citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for South Asian History and Culture. 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
Craddock Lee, S. J. “Unionization of Teaching Assistants.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 288, no. 5473 (June 16, 2000): 1965c.
A journal article with 2 authors
Floreano, Dario, and Robert J. Wood. “Science, Technology and the Future of Small Autonomous Drones.” Nature 521, no. 7553 (May 28, 2015): 460–66.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chave, Jérôme, David Alonso, and Rampal S. Etienne. “Theoretical Biology: Comparing Models of Species Abundance.” Nature 441, no. 7089 (May 4, 2006): E1; discussion E1-2.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Horjus, D. L., R. Nieuwland, K. B. Boateng, M. C. L. Schaap, G. A. van Montfrans, J. F. Clark, A. Sturk, and L. M. Brewster. “Creatine Kinase Inhibits ADP-Induced Platelet Aggregation.” Scientific Reports 4 (October 9, 2014): 6551.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sattler, Klaus. Thermische Trennverfahren. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2005.
An edited book
Rajakaruna, Sumedha, Farhad Shahnia, and Arindam Ghosh, eds. Plug In Electric Vehicles in Smart Grids: Integration Techniques. Power Systems. Singapore: Springer, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Barletta, Michele, Silvio Ranise, and Luca Viganò. “Automated Analysis of Scenario-Based Specifications of Distributed Access Control Policies with Non-Mechanizable Activities.” In Security and Trust Management: 8th International Workshop, STM 2012, Pisa, Italy, September 13-14, 2012, Revised Selected Papers, edited by Audun Jøsang, Pierangela Samarati, and Marinella Petrocchi, 49–64. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.

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 Asian History and Culture.

Blog post
Taub, Ben. “Scientists May Have Implanted An Artificial Vision Into The Brain Of A Mouse.” IFLScience. IFLScience, August 15, 2016.


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. “Superfund: EPA Needs to Better Focus Cleanup Technology Development.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, April 28, 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Clemons, Brian Lee. “A Correlational Study of the Ventures for Excellence Interview-Rating System and First Year Teacher Evaluations.” Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, 2010.

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
Greenhouse, Linda. “After 30 Years, Supreme Court History Project Turns a Final Page.” New York Times, December 30, 2006.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleSouth Asian History and Culture
AbbreviationSouth Asian Hist. Cult.
ISSN (print)1947-2498
ISSN (online)1947-2501
ScopeGeneral Arts and Humanities
Sociology and Political Science
Cultural Studies

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