How to format your references using the Atherosclerosis: X citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atherosclerosis: X. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
F. Seitz, Decline of the generalist, Nature. 403 (2000) 483.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.D. Kraemer, L.O. Gostin, Public Health and biosecurity. The limits of government regulation of science, Science. 335 (2012) 1047–1049.
A journal article with 3 authors
H.W. Green 2nd, W.-P. Chen, M.R. Brudzinski, Seismic evidence of negligible water carried below 400-km depth in subducting lithosphere, Nature. 467 (2010) 828–831.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.Q. Liu, D. Roberts, A. Kharitonenkov, B. Zhang, S.M. Hanson, Y.C. Li, L.-Q. Zhang, Y.H. Wu, Endocrine protection of ischemic myocardium by FGF21 from the liver and adipose tissue, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2767.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Hanby, No God, No Science?, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, 2013.
An edited book
V. Timofeev, D. Sanvitto, eds., Exciton Polaritons in Microcavities: New Frontiers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
J.M. Vaquero, The Solar Diameter and the Astronomical Unit, in: J.M. Vaquero (Ed.), The Sun Recorded Through History: Scientific Data Extracted from Historical Documents, Springer, New York, NY, 2009: pp. 217–278.

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: X.

Blog post
S. Luntz, How to Win At Rock, Paper, Scissors With Science, IFLScience. (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, Organizational Transformation: Enterprise Architecture Value Needs to Be Measured and Reported, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. Kulavuz-Onal, English Language Teachers’ Learning to Teach with Technology through Participation in an Online Community of Practice: A Netnography of Webheads in Action, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 2013.

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. Corkery, Big Banks Pass the Fed’s Stress Tests, Setting Up Large Dividend Payments, New York Times. (2017) B3.

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: X
ISSN (print)2590-1354

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