Effortless Chicago Journal Citation Generator and Referencing Guidelines

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What is the Chicago Referencing Style for Journals?

As one of the oldest styles that have been known since 1906, Chicago or Chicago Manual of Style – currently in its 17th edition – is a standard that is widely used for publishing purposes. When it is met at the university course, it is usually a research paper that is going to be published. It is one of the reasons why most students think that it is way too complex compared to MLA or APA. Since it contains a scientific element to it, Chicago journal article citation is quite common. Our guide with examples aims to make this part of citation easier for you as you learn step by step.

The Basic Structure of Chicago Style Citation for a Journal Article

The challenging part of Chicago citation is knowing the difference between Notes & Bibliography and a classic Author-Date pattern. The first one is most common in Humanities like History or Literature. It uses numbered footnotes where a superscript number is added to your source as it appears in a paper. Now the sources have a separate Bibliography page. Speaking of the “author-date” part, it is usual for Social Sciences majors. It has sources cited inside your paper text as in MLA format, for example. Likewise, full Bibliography information is provided. 

As for Chicago style journal article reference, here is what you must include for an average resource

🟠 Article Name. For your note referencing, it is necessary to include the author’s name exactly as it has been listed in an original source for Chicago style notes. Your Bibliography must invert the name for the last name to come first. 

🟠 Entry Title. Use quotation marks in both cases with notes or reference pages. 

🟠 Journal Name. It is recommended to omit “The” part in the title, yet titles should be given without shortening. Use capitalization of each word and italics. 

🟠 Issue information. First comes the volume number without italicizing. The issue number (if known) is separated from the volume number by using a comma with a “no.” prefix. 

🟠 Publication year. It goes in parenthesis. 

🟠 Page number. Notes should use only a precise page, while Bibliography must include the first and last pages of an entry.

Full Notes

1Larry William King, “The Celtic Dialects,” Linguists Communication Journal 34, no.2 (2009): 312. 

Second Note:

King, “The Celtic Dialects,” 312.


King, Larry William, “The Celtic Dialects.” Linguists Communication Journal 34, no.2 (2009): 312-319.

Citing Journals in Chicago Style by Type

Chicago style citation journal article has various formats, depending on if it is an online source or a print edition. However, these peculiarities are not that difficult if you follow our examples:

Online Journals


Wissmann, Torsten, and Stefan Zimmermann. “Sound in Media: Audio Drama and Audio-guided Tours as Stimuli for the Creation of Place.” GeoJournal 80, no. 6 (2015): 803-10. Accessed July 23, 2020.


2Torsten Wissman, and Zimmermann, Stefan,  “Sound in Media: Audio Drama and Audio-guided Tours as Stimuli for the Creation of Place,”  GeoJournal 80, no.6 (2015): 803. Accessed July 23, 2020.

Cite Journal Article Chicago for a Printed Journal

Notes reference: 

3John Mayer, “Waveform Changes,” Audio Engineering & Communication 5, no. 2 (2011): 36.


Mayer, John. “Waveform Changes.” Audio Engineering & Communication 5, no. 2 (2011): 36-38.

Chicago Citation for Journal Article from a Database

Full Notes:

4Angie Hogwart, “Front Matter,” World Politics 66, no. 1 (2014). JStor. Accessed July 23, 2020.


Hogwart, Angie. “Front Matter.” World Politics 66, no. 1 (2014): Jstor. 222-227. Accessed July 23, 2020.

Scholarly Journal Article


Marzo, Asier, and Bruce W. Drinkwater. “Holographic Acoustic Tweezers”. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences 116 (1) (2018): 84-89. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1813047115.
5Azier Marzo, and Bruce W. Drinkwater, “Holographic Acoustic Tweezers,” Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences 116, no. 1 (2018): 84.  DOI:10.1073/pnas.1813047115.


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How do I cite a journal in Chicago style in classic “Author-Date” format?

For example, if you have an author called “John Sawyer” and an article published in 2009, it becomes:

(Sawyer 2009) or an in-text “According to Dr. Sawyer, his research has shown that… (2009).”

How to cite when I do not know the journal’s article author and year?

Citing a journal article in Chicago format without an author and date goes like this: 


1Turan Grup, “Northern Cyprus Construction Ethics,” Turan Grup Construction.
          accessed April 2, 2020,

 Bibliography goes without changes as in the full note: 

Turan Grup, “Northern Cyprus Construction Ethics,” Turan Grup Construction.
       accessed April 2, 2020,

A short note is:

(“Northern Cyprus Construction Ethics”)

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