How to format your references using the The Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume. 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
Gibson G. Cancer: Directions for the drivers. Nature. 2014;512(7512):31–2.
A journal article with 2 authors
Liao S, Seeman NC. Translation of DNA signals into polymer assembly instructions. Science. 2004;306(5704):2072–4.
A journal article with 3 authors
Qvarnström A, Pärt T, Sheldon BC. Adaptive plasticity in mate preference linked to differences in reproductive effort. Nature. 2000;405(6784):344–7.
A journal article with 31 or more authors
Peng Q, Ji W, Lian J, et al.. Pressure effect on stabilities of self-interstitials in HCP-zirconium. Sci Rep. 2014;4:5735.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kiehl AR, Mays MBC. Atlas for the Diagnosis of Tumors in the Dog and Cat. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2016:
An edited book
Sacco GM, Tzitzikas Y. Dynamic Taxonomies and Faceted Search: Theory, Practice, and Experience. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009:
A chapter in an edited book
Läsche C, Böde E, Peikenkamp T. A Method for Guided Hazard Identification and Risk Mitigation for Offshore Operations ,. In: Ortmeier F & Daniel P editors. Computer Safety, Reliability, and Security: 31st International Conference, SAFECOMP 2012, Magdeburg, Germany, September 25-28, 2012. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012: 37–48.

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 The Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume.

Blog post
Andrew E. Health Check: Four Reasons To Have Another Cup Of Coffee. IFLScience.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. Higher Education: Selected Information on Student Financial Aid Received by Legal Immigrants. 1995:

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Washington S. Counseling students ability to diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome. 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
Detrick B. Goldie’s. New York Times. 2016;D6.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

This sentence cites one reference 1).
This sentence cites two references 1, 2).
This sentence cites four references 1–4).

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Journal of Hand Surgery Asian-Pacific Volume
ISSN (print)2424-8355
ISSN (online)2424-8363

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