How to format your references using the Academic Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Academic Medicine. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Mather JC. Politics and prophecy. Nature. 2010;467(7317):S9.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang J, Zhao Y. Formation of zirconium metallic glass. Nature. 2004;430(6997):332-335.
A journal article with 3 authors
Buckling A, Wills MA, Colegrave N. Adaptation limits diversification of experimental bacterial populations. Science. 2003;302(5653):2107-2109.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Stone JO, Balco GA, Sugden DE, et al. Holocene deglaciation of Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica. Science. 2003;299(5603):99-102.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mason RP. Trace Metals in Aquatic Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2013.
An edited book
Oka Y, ed. Nuclear Reactor Design. Vol 2. Springer Japan; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Shirwany NA, Seidman MD. Antioxidants and Their Effect on Stress-Induced Pathology in the Inner Ear. In: Miller J, Le Prell CG, Rybak L, eds. Free Radicals in ENT Pathology. Oxidative Stress in Applied Basic Research and Clinical Practice. Springer International Publishing; 2015:57-89.

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 Academic Medicine.

Blog post
Andrew D. A Common Virus Could Help Fight Liver Cancer And Hepatitis C. IFLScience. Published November 16, 2016. 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. Higher Education: Activities Underway to Improve Teacher Training, but Reporting on These Activities Could Be Enhanced. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Caballero Suarez OL. Effects of Ion Correlations in High Density Plasmas: Neutrino Scattering and Transport Properties in Supernovae and Neutron Star Crusts. Doctoral dissertation. Indiana University; 2008.

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. City Is to Build the Largest DNA Lab, for a Grim Task. New York Times. October 7, 2001:147.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleAcademic Medicine
AbbreviationAcad. Med.
ISSN (print)1040-2446
ISSN (online)1938-808X
ScopeGeneral Medicine

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