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Animal Science

Journal Names

Abbreviate journal names according to the the abbreviations used by the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Citation Tools

EndNote is citation software for your desktop.  It generates citations and references, and stores PDFs and allows you to view/annotate stored files.  EndNote is freely available to Texas A&M students from:

RefWorks is a Web-based citation tool.  It generates citations and bibliographies, and stores PDFs.  Your status as a Texas A&M student allows you to register for a free RefWorks account.  

Journal of Animal Science (JAS)

The Journal of Animal Science style and form is widely used across the Department of Animal Science to prepare papers and writing assignments.  Guidelines for writers are outlined in the Instructions for Authors, Journal of Animal Science (JAS) document available as a PDF file below.  These are the most current instructions, revised in 2016.  

*See pages 453-454 for In-text References and Literature Cited guidelines and samples.

Basic Rules and Principles

In-text References

  • JAS uses a parenthetical in-text citation containing author(s) last name(s) and publication year.

(Simonsen, 2010).

Literature Cited

  • JAS requires authors to list references cited in the body of the paper in a section called  Literature Cited.  

The basic format for an electronic journal article: 


Pereira, P.M.C.C. and A.F.R.B. Vicente.  2013.  Meat nutritional composition and nutritive role in the human diet.  Meat Sci.  93:586-592.  doi:10.1016/j.meatsci.2012.09.018

Note: All lines after the first line of your reference should be indented one-half inch from the left margin. This is called a hanging indentation.  A hanging indent could not be accomplished with the software used to present this information.