How to format your references using the Bone citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bone. 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
J. Conrad, Reproducibility: Don’t cry wolf, Nature. 523 (2015) 27–28.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Levy-Lahad, S.E. Plon, Cancer. A risky business--assessing breast cancer risk, Science. 302 (2003) 574–575.
A journal article with 3 authors
W.-B. Yan, J.-F. Huang, H. Fan, Tunable single-photon frequency conversion in a Sagnac interferometer, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3555.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Honma, T. Kawamoto, Y. Takagi, K. Fujimoto, F. Sato, M. Noshiro, Y. Kato, K.-I. Honma, Dec1 and Dec2 are regulators of the mammalian molecular clock, Nature. 419 (2002) 841–844.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.T. Kudnig, B. Séguin, Veterinary Surgical Oncology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,., West Sussex, UK, 2012.
An edited book
Miller Onzm B A  B Sc , Dennison J P  M Sc , eds., An Outline of Psychiatry in Clinical Lectures: The Lectures of Carl Wernicke, 1st ed. 2015, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Houlgate, Religion, Morality and Forgiveness in Hegel’s Philosophy, in: W. Desmond, E.-O. Onnasch, P. Cruysberghs (Eds.), Philosophy and Religion in German Idealism, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2005: pp. 81–110.

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 Bone.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Contact Re-Established With Bill Nye’s LightSail, IFLScience. (2015).


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
Government Accountability Office, Independent Auditor’s Report on Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Fiscal Year 2015 Excise Tax Distributions to the Airport and Airway Trust Fund and the Highway Trust Fund, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Stefania, From Italian American Icon to Working Class Hero: Perspectives on Pietro di Donato’s “Christ in Concrete,” 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
M.W. Walsh, Car Insurers Facing Rush Of Claims After Storm, New York Times. (2017) B4.

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 titleBone
ISSN (print)8756-3282
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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