How to format your references using the Clinical Biomechanics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Clinical Biomechanics. 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
Andersson, S.G.E., 2006. Genetics. The bacterial world gets smaller. Science 314, 259–260.
A journal article with 2 authors
Karkazis, K., Jordan-Young, R., 2015. Science and society. Debating a testosterone “sex gap.” Science 348, 858–860.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brown, R.R., Deletic, A., Wong, T.H.F., 2015. Interdisciplinarity: How to catalyse collaboration. Nature 525, 315–317.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Guo, C., Yoon, H.S., Franklin, A., Jain, S., Ebert, A., Cheng, H.-L., Hansen, E., Despo, O., Bossen, C., Vettermann, C., Bates, J.G., Richards, N., Myers, D., Patel, H., Gallagher, M., Schlissel, M.S., Murre, C., Busslinger, M., Giallourakis, C.C., Alt, F.W., 2011. CTCF-binding elements mediate control of V(D)J recombination. Nature 477, 424–430.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pahl, J., 2016. Interference Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Standish, P., Saito, N. (Eds.), 2012. Education and the Kyoto School of Philosophy: Pedagogy for Human Transformation, Contemporary Philosophies and Theories in Education. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Lykousis, V., Nittis, K., Ballas, D., Perivoliotis, L., Kassis, D., Pagonis, P., Sakellariou, D., 2015. The Hellenic deep sea observatory: Science objectives and implementation, in: Beranzoli, L., De Santis, A. (Eds.), SEAFLOOR OBSERVATORIES: A New Vision of the Earth from the Abyss. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 81–103.

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 Clinical Biomechanics.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J., 2016. Watch Live As SpaceX Launches Its Next Rocket And Attempts Its Third Barge Landing [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2000. Environmental Protection Agency: Comparing Annual Budgets for Science and Technology (No. T-RCED-00-132). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Graber, M.E., 2013. Best practices in enhancement deals: Nonprofit and for profit theatrical collaborations (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Brantley, B., 2016. She Breaks the Mold, and Keeps On Giving. New York Times C1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Andersson, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Andersson, 2006; Karkazis and Jordan-Young, 2015).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Karkazis and Jordan-Young, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Guo et al., 2011)

About the journal

Full journal titleClinical Biomechanics
AbbreviationClin. Biomech. (Bristol, Avon)
ISSN (print)0268-0033
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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