How to format your references using the British Journal of Dermatology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for British Journal of 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
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Sansom DM. IMMUNOLOGY. Moving CTLA-4 from the trash to recycling. Science 2015; 349:377–8.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Buffett BA, Wenk HR. Texturing of the Earth’s inner core by Maxwell stresses. Nature 2001; 413:60–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Whitaker RJ, Grogan DW, Taylor JW. Geographic barriers isolate endemic populations of hyperthermophilic archaea. Science 2003; 301:976–8.
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Belotserkovskaya R, Oh S, Bondarenko VA, et al. FACT facilitates transcription-dependent nucleosome alteration. Science 2003; 301:1090–3.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Lincoln NB, Kneebone II, Macniven JAB, Morris RC. Psychological Management of Stroke. Chichester, UK, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2011.
An edited book
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Lee DH, Wang X, eds. Advances in Cryptology – ASIACRYPT 2011: 17th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Cryptology and Information Security, Seoul, South Korea, December 4-8, 2011. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
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Carr LP, Nanni AJ. Delivering Results Context. In: Delivering Results: Managing What Matters (Nanni AJ Jr, ed). New York, NY, Springer US, 2009; 41–57.

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 British Journal of Dermatology.

Blog post
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Andrew E. Ice ‘Lightning’ May Have Helped Life Survive Snowball Earth [WWW Document]. IFLScience. 2015.URL https://www.iflscience.com/environment/ice-lightning-may-have-helped-life-survive-snowball-earth/ [accessed on 30 October 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
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Government Accountability Office. DOD Business Systems Modernization: Important Progress Made to Develop Business Enterprise Architecture, but Much Work Remains. Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Tian CY. Studies of equilibrium conditions in housing markets. 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
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Brantley B. Some Sugar. Could Use More Spice. New York Times. 2017; :C2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleBritish Journal of Dermatology
AbbreviationBr. J. Dermatol.
ISSN (print)0007-0963
ISSN (online)1365-2133
ScopeDermatology

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