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
Lester, Benjamin. “2007 Visualization Challenge Winners.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 317, no. 5846 (September 28, 2007): 1858–63.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cheng, Clint, and Katy C. Kao. “Microbiology. How to Survive Being Hot and Inebriated.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 346, no. 6205 (October 3, 2014): 35–36.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jeng, M-S, N. K. Ng, and P. K. L. Ng. “Feeding Behaviour: Hydrothermal Vent Crabs Feast on Sea ‘Snow.’” Nature 432, no. 7020 (December 23, 2004): 969.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Etienne, Rampal S., Andrew M. Latimer, John A. Silander Jr, and Richard M. Cowling. “Comment on ‘Neutral Ecological Theory Reveals Isolation and Rapid Speciation in a Biodiversity Hot Spot.’” Science (New York, N.Y.) 311, no. 5761 (February 3, 2006): 610.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Abu-Jamous, Basel, Rui Fa, and Asoke K. Nandi. Integrative Cluster Analysis in Bioinformatics. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2015.
An edited book
Wang, Zhiming M., ed. Quantum Dot Devices. Vol. 13. Lecture Notes in Nanoscale Science and Technology. New York, NY: Springer, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Lorini, F. Luca, Carlo Sorbara, and Sergio Cattaneo. “Ultrasound Morphology of the Heart: Transesophageal Examination.” In Echocardiography for Intensivists, edited by Armando Sarti and F. Luca Lorini, 51–59. Milano: Springer, 2012.

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. “Hispanic People Experience More Severe Alzheimer’s Symptoms, Claims Study.” IFLScience. IFLScience, September 28, 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. “Aviation Safety: Information on FAA’s Data on Operational Errors At Air Traffic Control Towers.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, September 23, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ebrahimi, Anni. “A Recreational and Vocational Program for Foster Youth Who Reside in Group Homes: A Grant Proposal.” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2015.

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
Crow, Kelly. “These Political Button Men Are Relic Makers Now.” New York Times, October 29, 2000.

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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