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Veterinary & Animal Sciences

This guide is designed to help those who are beginning college-level literature searching in veterinary & animal sciences

Introduction to Journal of Animal Science Style

The Journal of Animal Science uses specific journal abbreviations. Use CASSI to locate a journal's appropriate abbreviation.

In-Text Citations JAS

JAS uses a parenthetical in-text citation containing author and year.

If the Author is named in the sentence

  • Smith reported high concentrations of sulfur (2005).

2 Authors 

  • Dogs make great companion animals and provide comfort to their owners (Johnson and James, 2017)

More than 2 authors of an article, the first author’s name is followed by the abbreviation et al. 

  • JAS is a citation style used by some agriculture students (Smith, et al., 2015)

All sources that are cited in the text must appear in the reference list at the end of the paper.

JAS Citation

Author, AA and BB Author. Year. Title of article. abrrv. J. name. volume:pp. doi:.


Cleale, R. M., IV, R. A. Britton, T. J. Klopfenstein, M. L. Bauer, D. L. Harmon, and L.D. Satterlee. 1987a. Induced non-enzymatic browning of soybean meal. II. Ruminal escape and net portal absorption of soybean protein treated with xylose. J. Anim. Sci. 65:1319- 1326


Heaton, M. P., T. S. Kalbfleisch, D. T. Petrik, B. Simpson, J. W. Kijas, M. L. Clawson, C. G. Chitko-McKown, g. P. Harhay, K. A. Leymaster, and the International Sheep Genomics Consortium. 2013. Genetic testing for TMEM154 mutations associated with lentivirus susceptibility in sheep. PLoS ONE 8(2): e55490. Doi: 10:1371/journal.pone.0055490

Online no DOI:

FDA. 2001. Effect of the use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals on pathogen load: Systematic review of the published literature. (Accessed 14 December 2001).