How to format your references using the World Applied Sciences Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for World Applied Sciences Journal (WASJ). 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
Ehrenreich, H., 2004. Medicine. A boost for translational neuroscience. Science (New York, N.Y.), 305(5681): 184–185.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dandekar, P. and M.F. Doherty, 2014. Materials science. Imaging crystallization. Science (New York, N.Y.), 344(6185): 705–706.
A journal article with 3 authors
Baxt, L.A., A.C. Garza-Mayers and M.B. Goldberg, 2013. Bacterial subversion of host innate immune pathways. Science (New York, N.Y.), 340(6133): 697–701.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhu, Z., S. Guan, D. Robinson, H. El Fezzazi, A. Quimby and S.-Y. Xu, 2014. Characterization of cleavage intermediate and star sites of RM.Tth111II. Scientific Reports, 4: 3838.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dickenson, J., F. Freeman, C.L. Mills, S. Sivasubramaniam and C. Thode, 2012. Molecular Pharmacology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Buffone, M.G., ed., 2016. Sperm Acrosome Biogenesis and Function During Fertilization. Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Grønbæk, B., P. Valente and K. Hallenborg, 2011. Information Extraction System Using Indoor Location and Activity Plan, In Advances on Practical Applications of Agents and Multiagent Systems: 9th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multiagent Systems, Y. Demazeau, M. Pěchoucěk, J.M. Corchado, J.B. Pérez, eds., Springer, pp: 33–38.

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 World Applied Sciences Journal.

Blog post
Davis, J., Accessed October 30, 2018.


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, 1990. Aviation Noise: A National Policy is Needed. 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
Johnson, J.G., An Exploration of the Psychosocial Aspects of Weight Among College Students in the College Environment, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 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
Markoff, J., 2016. Another Sign of Trouble in Google’s Self-Driving Car Unit: Its Top Roboticist Is Leaving. New York Times, B7.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleWorld Applied Sciences Journal
AbbreviationWorld Appl. Sci. J.
ISSN (print)1818-4952
ISSN (online)1991-6426

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