How to format your references using the BMC Medical Imaging citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BMC Medical Imaging. 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. McGee H. Chemistry: A festive ferment. Nature. 2013;504:372–4.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Le Goff L, Lecuit T. Developmental biology. Phase transition in a cell. Science. 2009;324:1654–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Laliberté E, Zemunik G, Turner BL. Environmental filtering explains variation in plant diversity along resource gradients. Science. 2014;345:1602–5.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Hu R, Wei X, Hu J, Luo X. Local heating realization by reverse thermal cloak. Sci Rep. 2014;4:3600.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Allen DS. Why Plato Wrote. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.; 2012.
An edited book
1. Secchi D, Neumann M, editors. Agent-Based Simulation of Organizational Behavior: New Frontiers of Social Science Research. 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Hauschild W, Lemke E. Measurement of Dielectric Properties. In: Lemke E, editor. High-Voltage Test and Measuring Techniques. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014. p. 233–48.

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 Medical Imaging.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Do Whales Commit Suicide? IFLScience. 2015. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/do-whales-commit-suicide/. 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. Information Technology: FBI Following a Number of Key Acquisition Practices on New Case Management System but Improvements Still Needed. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Neilson DH. Structured interactions and collective outcomes essays on production and finance. Doctoral dissertation. Columbia University; 2009.

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. Greenhouse L. The Roberts Court’s Reality Check. New York Times. 2015;:A27.

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 Medical Imaging
AbbreviationBMC Med. Imaging
ISSN (online)1471-2342
ScopeRadiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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