How to format your references using the AORN Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for AORN Journal. 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
Zemlo T. The evolution of life-sciences sales. Nature. 2007;447(7141):230.
A journal article with 2 authors
Young IM, Crawford JW. Interactions and self-organization in the soil-microbe complex. Science. 2004;304(5677):1634-1637.
A journal article with 3 authors
Grirrane A, Corma A, García H. Gold-catalyzed synthesis of aromatic azo compounds from anilines and nitroaromatics. Science. 2008;322(5908):1661-1664.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lee LTL, He J, Wang B, et al. Few-layer MoSe₂ possessing high catalytic activity towards iodide/tri-iodide redox shuttles. Sci Rep. 2014;4:4063.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morton A, Mengersen K, Whitby M, Playford G. Statistical Methods for Hospital Monitoring with R. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2013.
An edited book
Rao CR. Linear Models and Generalizations: Least Squares and Alternatives. Third Extended Edition. (Shalabh, Toutenburg H, Heumann C, eds.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Kaltenbacher B. Convergence Rates for the Iteratively Regularized Landweber Iteration in Banach Space. In: Hömberg D, Tröltzsch F, eds. System Modeling and Optimization: 25th IFIP TC 7 Conference, CSMO 2011, Berlin, Germany, September 12-16, 2011, Revised Selected Papers. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013:38-48.

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 AORN Journal.

Blog post
Andrew E. Six Newly Discovered Genetic Variants Help Explain Coffee Habits. IFLScience. Published October 7, 2014. 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. Year 2000 Computing Challenge: DEA Has Developed Plans and Established Controls for Business Continuity Planning. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hogg JH. An assessment of social vulnerability in Yuba County, California. 2014.

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
Dynarski S. Where College Ratings Hits the Wall. New York Times. September 20, 2014:BU7.

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 titleAORN Journal
AbbreviationAORN J.
ISSN (print)0001-2092

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