How to format your references using the Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. 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
J. Morduch, Economics. Why finance matters, Science. 332 (2011) 1271–1272.
A journal article with 2 authors
P.H. Thrall, J.J. Burdon, Evolution of virulence in a plant host-pathogen metapopulation, Science. 299 (2003) 1735–1737.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Baram, D. Chatain, W.D. Kaplan, Nanometer-thick equilibrium films: the interface between thermodynamics and atomistics, Science. 332 (2011) 206–209.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Trumpp, Y. Refaeli, T. Oskarsson, S. Gasser, M. Murphy, G.R. Martin, J.M. Bishop, c-Myc regulates mammalian body size by controlling cell number but not cell size, Nature. 414 (2001) 768–773.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. Baher, Signal Processing and Integrated Circuits, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
A. Lajtha, R. Lim, eds., Handbook of Neurochemistry and Molecular Neurobiology: Neuroactive Proteins and Peptides, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
W. Lu, Y. Liu, Research of Event-Driven Enterprise Application Integration Base on Service Oriented Architecture, in: D. Zeng (Ed.), Applied Informatics and Communication: International Conference, ICAIC 2011,Xi’an, China, August 20-21, 2011, Proceedings, Part I, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011: pp. 33–37.

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 Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Watch The Catastrophic Explosion Of The Antares Rocket From The Launch Pad, 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, IT Supply Chain: Additional Efforts Needed by National Security-Related Agencies to Address Risks, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Lara, Bullying victimization among adolescent students: A qualitative study, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
K. Feeney, So Greek, So Good, New York Times. (2006) NJ6.

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 titleComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
AbbreviationComplement. Ther. Clin. Pract.
ISSN (print)1744-3881
ScopeComplementary and alternative medicine

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