How to format your references using the Transactions of the American Philological Association citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Transactions of the American Philological Association (TAPA). 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
Tiedemann, M.W. 2000. “The Song of the Neanderthal.” Nature 404 (6774) (March 9): 127.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang, F., and Zhou, Z. 2004. “Palaeontology: Leg Feathers in an Early Cretaceous Bird.” Nature 431 (7011) (October 21): 925.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yi, C., Wei, S., and Hendrey, G. 2014. “Warming Climate Extends Dryness-Controlled Areas of Terrestrial Carbon Sequestration.” Sci. Rep. 4 (July 1): 5472.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Andrulis, E.D., Werner, J., Nazarian, A., Erdjument-Bromage, H., Tempst, P., and Lis, J.T. 2002. “The RNA Processing Exosome Is Linked to Elongating RNA Polymerase II in Drosophila.” Nature 420 (6917): 837–41.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Keene, J. 2008. Clients with Complex Needs: Interprofessional Practice. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science Ltd.
An edited book
Kochergin, V. 2009. Porous Semiconductors: Optical Properties and Applications. Edited by Helmut Föll. Engineering Materials and Processes. London: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Zhang, W., Liu, D., Li, G., and Zhang, W. 2006. “Special Task Scheduling and Control of Cluster Parallel Computing for High-Performance Ground Processing System.” In Alexandrov, V.N., Albada, G.D. van, Sloot, P.M.A., and Dongarra, J. eds. Computational Science – ICCS 2006: 6th International Conference, Reading, UK, May 28-31, 2006. Proceedings, Part III. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. 17–23.

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 Transactions of the American Philological Association.

Blog post
Taub, B. 2016. “A Single Gene Can Cause Autism, Study Finds.” IFLScience. IFLScience. October 20.


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. 2010. “Pipeline Security: TSA Has Taken Actions to Help Strengthen Security, but Could Improve Priority-Setting and Assessment Processes.” GAO-10-867. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Perilla, J.Y. 2015. “Support Group for Neonatal Intensive Care Families: A Grant Proposal.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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, K. 2002. “When the City Says Show Me, It Means It.” New York Times, September 15.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text

About the journal

Full journal titleTransactions of the American Philological Association
ISSN (print)0360-5949
ISSN (online)1533-0699
ScopeLanguage and Linguistics
Literature and Literary Theory
Linguistics and Language

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