How to format your references using the Atherosclerosis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atherosclerosis. 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
J.J. Binney, Astronomy. Triangulating the galaxy, Science. 311 (2006) 44–45.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.F. Doak, W.F. Morris, Demographic compensation and tipping points in climate-induced range shifts, Nature. 467 (2010) 959–962.
A journal article with 3 authors
K.M. Weiss, J. Miguel-Sanchez, J.M. Elzerman, Magnetically tunable singlet-triplet spin qubit in a four-electron InGaAs coupled quantum dot, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3121.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R.J. Bouwens, G.D. Illingworth, I. Labbe, P.A. Oesch, M. Trenti, C.M. Carollo, P.G. van Dokkum, M. Franx, M. Stiavelli, V. González, D. Magee, L. Bradley, A candidate redshift z ≈ 10 galaxy and rapid changes in that population at an age of 500 Myr, Nature. 469 (2011) 504–507.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Abracen, J. Looman, Treatment of High-Risk Sexual Offenders, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2015.
An edited book
A.H.E. Müller, H.-W. Schmidt, eds., Complex Macromolecular Systems II, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
C.C. Aggarwal, Trio A System for Data Uncertainty and Lineage, in: C.C. Aggarwal (Ed.), Managing and Mining Uncertain Data, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2009: pp. 1–35.

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 Atherosclerosis.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, This Nonstick, No Waste Coating Is Sliding Into The Marketplace, IFLScience. (2015). (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, International Aviation: Implications of Ratifying Montreal Aviation Protocol No. 3, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T.F. Zimmerman, A descriptive review of the development and implementation of a funding model for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System: The first 10 years, 1998–2008, Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, 2010.

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
M. Billard, A Playwright’s Home, an Actor’s Muse, New York Times. (2013) E11.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleAtherosclerosis
ISSN (print)0021-9150
ScopeCardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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