How to format your references using the Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 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
[1]
Lewis RS. The molecular choreography of a store-operated calcium channel. Nature 2007;446:284–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Wilusz JE, Sharp PA. Molecular biology. A circuitous route to noncoding RNA. Science 2013;340:440–1.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Tsushima Y, Sasaki Y, Watanabe T. Greater disruption due to failure of inhibitory control on an ambiguous distractor. Science 2006;314:1786–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Martianov I, Ramadass A, Serra Barros A, Chow N, Akoulitchev A. Repression of the human dihydrofolate reductase gene by a non-coding interfering transcript. Nature 2007;445:666–70.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Radzevich SP. Geometry of Surfaces. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2013.
An edited book
[1]
Baum RP, Rösch F, editors. Theranostics, Gallium-68, and Other Radionuclides: A Pathway to Personalized Diagnosis and Treatment. vol. 194. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Nath V, Levinson SE. Computer Vision. In: Levinson SE, editor. Autonomous Robotics and Deep Learning, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014, p. 31–8.

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 Best Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Blog post
[1]
Andrews R. New Zealand’s 7.8M Earthquake Really Messed Up The Environment. IFLScience 2016. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/new-zealands-78m-earthquake-really-messed-up-the-environment/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Year 2000 Computing Challenge: Readiness of Key State-Administered Federal Programs. 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
[1]
Rodriguez JM. Navy Supply Corps officer’s perspective on effective leadership. Doctoral dissertation. University of Phoenix, 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
[1]
Crow K. Claude Brown’s Harlem, Still on the Mind. New York Times 2002:144.

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 titleBest Practice & Research Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
AbbreviationBaillieres Best Pract. Res Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.
ISSN (print)1521-690X
ScopeEndocrinology
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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