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
C.K. Machens, Neuroscience. Building the human brain, Science. 338 (2012) 1156–1157.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Folkman, K. Camphausen, Cancer. What does radiotherapy do to endothelial cells?, Science. 293 (2001) 227–228.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.M.D. Day, D.G. Pearson, L.A. Taylor, Highly siderophile element constraints on accretion and differentiation of the Earth-Moon system, Science. 315 (2007) 217–219.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B. Marcheva, K.M. Ramsey, E.D. Buhr, Y. Kobayashi, H. Su, C.H. Ko, G. Ivanova, C. Omura, S. Mo, M.H. Vitaterna, J.P. Lopez, L.H. Philipson, C.A. Bradfield, S.D. Crosby, L. JeBailey, X. Wang, J.S. Takahashi, J. Bass, Disruption of the clock components CLOCK and BMAL1 leads to hypoinsulinaemia and diabetes, Nature. 466 (2010) 627–631.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.W. Fitzgerald, B.J. Meacham, Fire Performance Analysis for Buildings, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2017.
An edited book
J. Nešetřil, Sparsity: Graphs, Structures, and Algorithms, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
O. De Jong, R. Blonder, J. Oversby, How to Balance Chemistry Education Between Observing Phenomena and Thinking in Models, in: I. Eilks, A. Hofstein (Eds.), Teaching Chemistry – A Studybook: A Practical Guide and Textbook for Student Teachers, Teacher Trainees and Teachers, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2013: pp. 97–126.

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
E. Andrew, Smallest, Most Precise 3D Printing Pen Yet Nearing Entry to Market, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Evaluating the Acquisition and Operation of Information Systems, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.M. McCarter, The effect of auditory stimulation on learners with different learning styles, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2008.

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
W. Neuman, Peace-Talk Critic Takes Lead in Colombia Presidential Vote, New York Times. (2014) A3.

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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