How to format your references using the Cardiovascular Diabetology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cardiovascular Diabetology. 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. Boland J. Materials science: Diamond gets harder. Nature. 2014;510:220–1.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Behar SM, Sassetti CM. Immunology: Fixing the odds against tuberculosis. Nature. 2014;511:39–40.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Hare TA, Camerer CF, Rangel A. Self-control in decision-making involves modulation of the vmPFC valuation system. Science. 2009;324:646–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Yan Y, Wang L-X, Ke X, Van Tendeloo G, Wu X-S, Yu D-P, et al. High-mobility Bi2Se3 nanoplates manifesting quantum oscillations of surface states in the sidewalls. Sci Rep. 2014;4:3817.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Fabozzi FJ. Institutional Investment Management. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2009.
An edited book
1. Green T. Foundation Adobe Edge Animate: For HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Clawson M, editor. Berkeley, CA: Apress; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Morschett D, Schramm-Klein H, Zentes J. Motives for Intelnationalisation. In: Schramm-Klein H, Zentes J, editors. Strategic International Management: Text and Cases. Wiesbaden: Gabler; 2010. p. 71–91.

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 Cardiovascular Diabetology.

Blog post
1. Hale T. Guys, This Smartphone App Can Accurately Test Your Sperm Count [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2017 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. Space-Based Lasers. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1982 Mar. Report No.: 117803.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Waidelich LA. Identifying Leadership Potential: The Process of Principals within a Charter School Network [Doctoral dissertation]. [Washington, DC]: George Washington University; 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. (nyt) SK. World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Tracking Foreigners. New York Times. 2003 Feb 18;A10.

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 titleCardiovascular Diabetology
AbbreviationCardiovasc. Diabetol.
ISSN (online)1475-2840
ScopeCardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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