How to format your references using the BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 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. Bonetta L. Gene expression: an expression of interest. Nature. 2006;440:1233–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Herbst D, Mas A. Peer effects on worker output in the laboratory generalize to the field. Science. 2015;350:545–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Prakash M, Quéré D, Bush JWM. Surface tension transport of prey by feeding shorebirds: the capillary ratchet. Science. 2008;320:931–4.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Lakatos P, Karmos G, Mehta AD, Ulbert I, Schroeder CE. Entrainment of neuronal oscillations as a mechanism of attentional selection. Science. 2008;320:110–3.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Chinesta F, Cescotto S, Cueto E, Lorong P. Natural Element Method for the Simulation of Structures and Processes. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
1. Small G, Malmgren RM, Simons RA, editors. Indigenous Peoples and Real Estate Valuation. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Korol AV, Solov’yov AV. Cross Section of PBrS from Many-Electron Atoms and Ions. In: Solov’yov AV, editor. Polarization Bremsstrahlung. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014. p. 61–120.

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 Informatics and Decision Making.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. It’s a MOSQUITO TORNADO. IFLScience. 2014. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/its-mosquito-tornado/. 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. Pipeline Safety: Better Data and Guidance Needed to Improve Pipeline Operator Incident Response. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2013.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Woodard J. Emergent properties. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach; 2012.

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. Kelly C. Drop Out, Dive In, Start Up. New York Times. 2012;:BU1.

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 Informatics and Decision Making
AbbreviationBMC Med. Inform. Decis. Mak.
ISSN (online)1472-6947
ScopeHealth Informatics
Health Policy

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