How to format your references using the Digital Chinese Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Digital Chinese Medicine. 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
D. Ron, Cell biology. Stressed cells cope with protein overload, Science. 313 (2006) 52–53.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.L. Hughes, D.E. Gottschling, An early age increase in vacuolar pH limits mitochondrial function and lifespan in yeast, Nature. 492 (2012) 261–265.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.J. West-Eberhard, J.A.C. Smith, K. Winter, Plant science. Photosynthesis, reorganized, Science. 332 (2011) 311–312.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B.W. Stappers, B.M. Gaensler, V.M. Kaspi, M. van der Klis, W.H.G. Lewin, An x-ray nebula associated with the millisecond pulsar B1957+20, Science. 299 (2003) 1372–1374.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Antonucci, The Cyber Risk Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
M. Conforti, Integer Programming, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Andreassi, S. Ubertini, R. Bove, N.M. Sammes, CFD-Based Results for Planar and Micro-Tubular Single Cell Designs, in: R. Bove, S. Ubertini (Eds.), Modeling Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Methods, Procedures and Techniques, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2008: pp. 97–122.

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 Digital Chinese Medicine.

Blog post
J. Davis, All-Female Hybrid Salamanders Take Genes From Males Of Three Different Species To Breed, 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, Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Strong Leadership and Effective Partnerships Needed to Mitigate Risks, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.B. Rutherford, 500 Year Chenier, Architecture, Cultural Identity, and Land Change “Identification in a Dynamic Place,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, 2017.

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
B. Kenigsberg, Imperfections, New York Times. (2017) C9.

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 titleDigital Chinese Medicine
ISSN (print)2589-3777

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