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. Codispoti LA. Oceans. Interesting times for marine N2O. Science. 2010;327:1339–40.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Dawkins MS, Woodington A. Pattern recognition and active vision in chickens. Nature. 2000;403:652–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Pauluis O, Czaja A, Korty R. The global atmospheric circulation on moist isentropes. Science. 2008;321:1075–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Uchida L, Espada-Murao LA, Takamatsu Y, Okamoto K, Hayasaka D, Yu F, et al. The dengue virus conceals double-stranded RNA in the intracellular membrane to escape from an interferon response. Sci Rep. 2014;4:7395.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Chen W-Y. NeuroInvesting. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2013.
An edited book
1. Misra AA. Tectonic Inheritance in Continental Rifts and Passive Margins. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Ramanathan V, Yao B, Fei-Fei L. Social Role Recognition for Human Event Understanding. In: Fu Y, editor. Human-Centered Social Media Analytics. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014. p. 75–93.

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 D. You Could Fit The Entire Human Race Into A Sugar Cube — And 13 Other Facts To Put The Universe Into Perspective. IFLScience. 2016. Accessed 30 Oct 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
1. Government Accountability Office. Explosives Detection Canines: TSA Has Taken Steps to Analyze Canine Team Data and Assess the Effectiveness of Passenger Screening Canines. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Dolan DJ. Structural Evolution of Martin Crater Thaumasia Planum, Mars. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach; 2017.

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. Taggart J, Granville K. How We Shop: Past, Present Future. New York Times. 2017;:BU4.

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

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