How to format your references using the Clinical Trials and Regulatory Science in Cardiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Clinical Trials and Regulatory Science in Cardiology. 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
I. Fuyuno, Hwang scandal hits Korean biotech hard, Nature. 439 (2006) 265.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Sarda, B. Guillot, Breaking of Henry’s law for noble gas and CO2 solubility in silicate melt under pressure, Nature. 436 (2005) 95–98.
A journal article with 3 authors
H.S. Lim, Y.S. Rim, H.J. Kim, Photoresist-free fully self-patterned transparent amorphous oxide thin-film transistors obtained by sol-gel process, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4544.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Z. Pan, Z. Liu, H. Cheng, Y. Wang, T. Gao, S. Ullah, J. Ren, Y. Xue, Systematic analysis of the in situ crosstalk of tyrosine modifications reveals no additional natural selection on multiply modified residues, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7331.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.T. Smith, Methods of Geometry, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 1999.
An edited book
C. Tidona, G. Darai, eds., The Springer Index of Viruses, 2nd ed., Springer, New York, NY, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Goldsmith, Education, Training, and Support Programs for Caregivers of Individuals with Disabilities, in: R.C. Talley, J.E. Crews (Eds.), Multiple Dimensions of Caregiving and Disability: Research, Practice, Policy, Springer, New York, NY, 2012: pp. 45–66.

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 Trials and Regulatory Science in Cardiology.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Virtual Reality Could Transform Pornography – But There Are Dangers, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Cargo Tank Trucks: Improved Incident Data and Regulatory Analysis Would Better Inform Decisions about Safety Risks, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2013.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Clark, Screening for Allelopathic Potential and Self Facilitation in Japanese Hops (Humulus japonicus, Cannabaceae), Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, 2015.

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
J. Branch, Boogaard’s Pill Dealer Receives Probation, New York Times. (2016) B11.

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 titleClinical Trials and Regulatory Science in Cardiology
AbbreviationClin. Trials Regul. Sci. Cardiol.
ISSN (print)2405-5875

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