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
Kaiser, David. “The Search for Clean Cash.” Nature 472, no. 7341 (April 7, 2011): 30–31.
A journal article with 2 authors
Meziane-Cherif, Djalal, and Patrice Courvalin. “Antibiotic Resistance: To the Rescue of Old Drugs.” Nature 510, no. 7506 (June 26, 2014): 477–78.
A journal article with 3 authors
Huang, Chun Y., Michael A. Ayliffe, and Jeremy N. Timmis. “Direct Measurement of the Transfer Rate of Chloroplast DNA into the Nucleus.” Nature 422, no. 6927 (March 6, 2003): 72–76.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
La Porta, A., G. A. Voth, A. M. Crawford, J. Alexander, and E. Bodenschatz. “Fluid Particle Accelerations in Fully Developed Turbulence.” Nature 409, no. 6823 (February 22, 2001): 1017–19.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Peters, Mark, David Glasser, Diane Hildebrandt, and Shehzaad Kauchali. Membrane Process Design Using Residue Curve Maps. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2011.
An edited book
Runde, Volker. A Taste of Topology. Edited by S. Axler and K. A. Ribet. Universitext. New York, NY: Springer, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
Goldengorin, Boris, and Panos M. Pardalos. “Data Correcting Approach for the Simple Plant Location Problem.” In Data Correcting Approaches in Combinatorial Optimization, edited by Panos M. Pardalos, 79–106. SpringerBriefs in Optimization. New York, NY: 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
Andrew, Elise. “Despite Shell’s About-Face, Interest In Arctic Oil Grows.” 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. “Early Decisions and Delays on the Zilwaukee, Michigan, Bridge Project.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, August 17, 1983.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Mihalcin, Derek. “A Comparison of the Children’s Functional Assessment Rating Scale and the Child Behavior Checklist Used in a Wraparound Program.” Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2008.

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
Gustines, George Gene. “New York Comic Con Takes On Scalpers.” New York Times, May 19, 2016.

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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