How to format your references using the BMC Pediatrics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BMC Pediatrics. 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. Burrows M. Biomechanics: froghopper insects leap to new heights. Nature. 2003;424:509.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Kreft H, Jetz W. Comment on “An update of Wallace’s zoogeographic regions of the world.” Science. 2013;341:343.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Atran S, Axelrod R, Davis R. Social science. Sacred barriers to conflict resolution. Science. 2007;317:1039–40.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Ligi M, Bonatti E, Cipriani A, Ottolini L. Water-rich basalts at mid-ocean-ridge cold spots. Nature. 2005;434:66–9.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Simiu E. Design of Buildings for Wind. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2011.
An edited book
1. Rijlaarsdam G, Bergh H van D, Couzijn M, editors. Effective Learning and Teaching of Writing: A Handbook of Writing in Education. Second Edition. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Rovenský J, Vašáková M. Sine Syndrome in Systemic Sclerosis. In: Rovenský J, Herold M, Vašáková M, editors. Sine Syndromes in Rheumatology. Vienna: Springer; 2014. p. 23–9.

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 Pediatrics.

Blog post
1. Carpineti A. This Might Be The Slowest Pulsar We’ve Ever Found. IFLScience. 2016. https://www.iflscience.com/space/this-might-be-the-slowest-pulsar-weve-ever-found/. 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. Airline Competition: Industry Competitive and Financial Problems. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Adaligil E. Electron transfer through self-assembled monolayers of alkaneselenols and alkanethiols on mercury electrode. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach; 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. Saslow L. Tapping Dancers Who Love Fiddlers. New York Times. 2006;:LI9.

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 Pediatrics
AbbreviationBMC Pediatr.
ISSN (online)1471-2431
ScopePediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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