How to format your references using the Diseases citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Diseases. 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
Ottino, J.M. Is a picture worth 1,000 words? Nature 2003, 421, 474–476.
A journal article with 2 authors
Entcheva, E.; Williams, J.C. Channelrhodopsin2 current during the action potential: “optical AP clamp” and approximation. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 5838.
A journal article with 3 authors
Haile-Selassie, Y.; Suwa, G.; White, T.D. Late Miocene teeth from Middle Awash, Ethiopia, and early hominid dental evolution. Science 2004, 303, 1503–1505.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kiendler-Scharr, A.; Wildt, J.; Dal Maso, M.; Hohaus, T.; Kleist, E.; Mentel, T.F.; Tillmann, R.; Uerlings, R.; Schurr, U.; Wahner, A. New particle formation in forests inhibited by isoprene emissions. Nature 2009, 461, 381–384.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ananthakrishnan, A.N.; Xavier, R.J.; Podolsky, D.K. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2017; ISBN 9781119077633.
An edited book
Five Years of an Enlarged EU: A Positive Sum Game; Keereman, F., Szekely, I., Eds.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010; ISBN 9783642125157.
A chapter in an edited book
Klugkist, I. Encompassing Prior Based Model Selection for Inequality Constrained Analysis of Variance. In Bayesian Evaluation of Informative Hypotheses; Hoijtink, H., Klugkist, I., Boelen, P.A., Eds.; Springer: New York, NY, 2008; pp. 53–83 ISBN 9780387096117.

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 Diseases.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Amazing Photos Of The Supermoon Taken From Space Available online: (accessed on Oct 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 Information on Funding of Correctional Projects; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1973;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Haxton, S.A. Student Risk Perception in the Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University: Edwardsville, IL, 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
Cooper, M. Alexei Ratmansky Plans New ‘Harlequinade.’ New York Times 2017, C3.

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 titleDiseases
ISSN (online)2079-9721

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