How to format your references using the Equine Veterinary Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Equine Veterinary Journal. 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
Theissen, G. (2002) Secret life of genes. Nature 415, 741.
A journal article with 2 authors
Guimerà, R. and Nunes Amaral, L.A. (2005) Functional cartography of complex metabolic networks. Nature 433, 895–900.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bandyopadhyay, P.R., Leinhos, H.A. and Hellum, A.M. (2013) Handedness helps homing in swimming and flying animals. Sci. Rep. 3, 1128.
A journal article with 99 or more authors
Petersen, J.M., Zielinski, F.U., Pape, T., Seifert, R., Moraru, C., Amann, R., Hourdez, S., Girguis, P.R., Wankel, S.D., Barbe, V., Pelletier, E., Fink, D., Borowski, C., Bach, W. and Dubilier, N. (2011) Hydrogen is an energy source for hydrothermal vent symbioses. Nature 476, 176–180.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cox, C. (2014) An Introduction to LTE, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Whitacre, D.M., ed. (2010) Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Orellana-Escobedo, L., Korban, S.S. and Rosales-Mendoza, S. (2014) Seed-Based Expression Strategies. In: Genetically Engineered Plants as a Source of Vaccines Against Wide Spread Diseases: An Integrated View, Ed: S. Rosales-Mendoza, Springer, New York, NY. pp 79–93.

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 Equine Veterinary Journal.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014) Virgin Galactic Cleared For Takeoff. IFLScience . 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 (1987) Data Processing: USDA Needs To Better Manage Field-Office Computer Purchases, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hariharan, S.B. (2017) The Structure of the Blue Whirl: A Soot-Free Reacting Vortex Phenomenon.

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
Hollander, S. (2000) Offended Fan Wants Ashe Statue Moved. New York Times D6.

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 titleEquine Veterinary Journal
AbbreviationEquine Vet. J.
ISSN (print)0425-1644
ISSN (online)2042-3306
ScopeGeneral Medicine

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