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
Muller, Nicholas Z. “Economics. Boosting GDP Growth by Accounting for the Environment.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 345, no. 6199 (August 22, 2014): 873–74.
A journal article with 2 authors
McGlade, Christophe, and Paul Ekins. “The Geographical Distribution of Fossil Fuels Unused When Limiting Global Warming to 2 °C.” Nature 517, no. 7533 (January 8, 2015): 187–90.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhao, Mingwen, Wenzheng Dong, and Aizhu Wang. “Two-Dimensional Carbon Topological Insulators Superior to Graphene.” Scientific Reports 3 (December 18, 2013): 3532.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Li, Weiming, Alexander P. Scott, Michael J. Siefkes, Honggao Yan, Qin Liu, Sang-Seon Yun, and Douglas A. Gage. “Bile Acid Secreted by Male Sea Lamprey That Acts as a Sex Pheromone.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 296, no. 5565 (April 5, 2002): 138–41.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pagliaro, Louis A., and Ann Marie Pagliaro. Handbook of Child and Adolescent Drug and Substance Abuse. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011.
An edited book
Ciccarelli, Francesca D., and István Miklós, eds. Comparative Genomics: International Workshop, RECOMB-CG 2009, Budapest, Hungary, September 27-29, 2009. Proceedings. Vol. 5817. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Whiten, Andrew. “The Evolution of Hominin Culture and Its Ancient Pre-Hominin Foundations.” In The Nature of Culture: Based on an Interdisciplinary Symposium ‘The Nature of Culture’, Tübingen, Germany, edited by Miriam N. Haidle, Nicholas J. Conard, and Michael Bolus, 27–39. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2016.

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
Andrew, Elise. “Homo Naledi Fossil Discovery A Triumph For Open Access And Education.” IFLScience. IFLScience, September 29, 2015.


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. “Surface Transportation: States Are Experimenting With Design-Build Contracting.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, April 29, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Yu, Winnie. “Impacts of Storms and Sea-Level Rise on Coastal Evolution between Two Capes: Onslow Bay, North Carolina.” Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 2012.

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. “Justices Take Up Battle Over Exxon Valdez Damages.” New York Times, February 28, 2008.

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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