How to format your references using the BMC Dermatology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BMC Dermatology. 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
1. Wadman M. Race is on for flu vaccine. Nature. 2005;438:23.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. van’t Veer LJ, Bernards R. Enabling personalized cancer medicine through analysis of gene-expression patterns. Nature. 2008;452:564–70.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Su Q-P, Yang C-P, Zheng S-B. Fast and simple scheme for generating NOON states of photons in circuit QED. Sci Rep. 2014;4:3898.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. von Grotthuss M, Wyrwicz LS, Pas J, Rychlewski L. Predicting protein structures accurately. Science. 2004;304:1597–9; author reply 1597-9.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Maidl B, Thewes M, Maidl U. Handbook of Tunnel Engineering II. D-69451 Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH; 2014.
An edited book
1. Perbal A, Takigawa M, Perbal B, editors. CCN Proteins in Health and Disease: An Overview of the Fifth International Workshop on the CCN Family of Genes. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Boer H. Advanced Manufacturing Technologies and Strategically Flexible Production. A Review and Outlook. In: Bartezzaghi E, Cagliano R, Caniato F, Ronchi S, editors. A Journey through Manufacturing and Supply Chain Strategy Research: A Tribute to Professor Gianluca Spina. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016. p. 71–110.

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 BMC Dermatology.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Four Things You Should Be Doing To Protect Yourself From Cyberattack. IFLScience. 2015. https://www.iflscience.com/technology/four-things-you-should-be-doing-protect-yourself-cyberattack/. Accessed 30 Oct 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. University Finances: Research Revenues and Expenditures. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Glennie NT. Examining trust factor relationships in the online business-to-consumer environment. Doctoral dissertation. Northcentral 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
1. Barneby MR, Kelly J. A Pension Gap for Women. New York Times. 1997;:312.

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 titleBMC Dermatology
AbbreviationBMC Dermatol.
ISSN (online)1471-5945
ScopeDermatology

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