How to format your references using the Current Pediatrics Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Pediatrics Reports. 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
1. Wilcken B. Medicine. Newborn screening: gaps in the evidence. Science. 2013;342:197–8.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Lipson H, Pollack JB. Automatic design and manufacture of robotic lifeforms. Nature. 2000;406:974–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Zhang W, Kawamata H, Liu K. CH stretching excitation in the early barrier F + CHD3 reaction inhibits CH bond cleavage. Science. 2009;325:303–6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Channei D, Inceesungvorn B, Wetchakun N, Ukritnukun S, Nattestad A, Chen J, et al. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange by CeO2 and Fe-doped CeO2 films under visible light irradiation. Sci Rep. 2014;4:5757.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Canham J, Bennett J. Mentorship in Community Nursing: Challenges and Opportunities. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science Ltd; 2008.
An edited book
1. Gadow K von, Pukkala T, editors. Designing Green Landscapes. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Haltinner K. Gender Bending in the Classroom: Teaching Gender Inequity Without Reifying Gender Essentialism and Heteronormativity. In: Haltinner K, Pilgeram R, editors. Teaching Gender and Sex in Contemporary America. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016. p. 45–51.

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 Current Pediatrics Reports.

Blog post
1. Hamilton K. Cancer And Exercise Do Mix [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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
1. Government Accountability Office. Efforts To Comply With P.L. 94-142 and Selected Youth Services Administration Management Functions. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1986 Jun. Report No.: 130172.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Wilson MB. Constructions of childhood found in award -winning children’s literature [Doctoral dissertation]. [Tucson, AZ]: University of Arizona; 2009.

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
1. Brantley B. Marriage, That Cozy Battlefield. New York Times. 2017 May 11;C1.

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 titleCurrent Pediatrics Reports
AbbreviationCurr. Pediatr. Rep.
ISSN (online)2167-4841

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