How to format your references using the CJC Open citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for CJC Open. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
M.F. Heyworth, Sky was not the limit for music-loving Herschel, Nature. 407 (2000) 286.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.E. Eiben, J. Smith, From evolutionary computation to the evolution of things, Nature. 521 (2015) 476–482.
A journal article with 3 authors
Y.E. Goldman, C. Franzini-Armstrong, C.M. Armstrong, Andrew Fielding Huxley (1917-2012), Nature. 486 (2012) 474.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
I. Wilmut, N. Beaujean, P.A. de Sousa, A. Dinnyes, T.J. King, L.A. Paterson, D.N. Wells, L.E. Young, Somatic cell nuclear transfer, Nature. 419 (2002) 583–586.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T.R. Bielecki, D. Brigo, F. Patras, Credit Risk Frontiers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
K. Horton, Ethical Questions and International NGOs: An exchange between Philosophers and NGOs, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
U. Marti, Democracy in the Age of Global Markets, in: J.-C. Merle (Ed.), Spheres of Global Justice: Volume 1 Global Challenges to Liberal Democracy. Political Participation, Minorities and Migrations, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013: pp. 65–74.

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 CJC Open.

Blog post
E. Andrew, From Beer As Preventative To Modern-Day Bacteria, Food Safety Is Still On The Agenda, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Amtrak: Contracting Improprieties by Chief Engineer, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Xiao, Effects of adsorbates on the electronic properties of graphene, Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 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
M.S. Schmidt, Top Banker Denies Role In Trump Moscow Plan, New York Times. (2017) A17.

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 titleCJC Open
ISSN (print)2589-790X

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