How to format your references using the European Journal of Clinical Investigation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Clinical Investigation. 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
Alford MH. Redistribution of energy available for ocean mixing by long-range propagation of internal waves. Nature. 2003 May 8;423(6936):159–62.
A journal article with 2 authors
Geddis AE, Kaushansky K. Immunology. The root of platelet production. Science. 2007 Sep 21;317(5845):1689–91.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brummelkamp TR, Bernards R, Agami R. A system for stable expression of short interfering RNAs in mammalian cells. Science. 2002 Apr 19;296(5567):550–3.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Nagarkar SS, Saha T, Desai AV, Talukdar P, Ghosh SK. Metal-organic framework based highly selective fluorescence turn-on probe for hydrogen sulphide. Sci Rep. 2014 Nov 14;4:7053.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Eggleston B. The ICE Conditions of Contract: Seventh Edition. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Science Ltd; 2008.
An edited book
Fouilhoux P, Gouveia LEN, Mahjoub AR, Paschos VT, editors. Combinatorial Optimization: Third International Symposium, ISCO 2014, Lisbon, Portugal, March 5-7, 2014, Revised Selected Papers. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2014. XIX, 446 p. 56 illus. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 8596).
A chapter in an edited book
Deutsch H. Microscopes and Endoscopes. In: Phillips F, Lieberman I, Polly D, editors. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Surgical Techniques and Disease Management. New York, NY: Springer; 2014. p. 37–41.

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 European Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Blog post
Hamilton K. Memory And Attention Are Affected By Much Lower Levels Of Dehydration Than Previously Thought [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
Government Accountability Office. Federal Short Takeoff and Landing Transport Programs: Status and Needs. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1976 Oct. Report No.: PSAD-76-172.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Perfitt T. Megaphone: Fault tolerant, scalable, and trustworthy peer-to-peer microblogging [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 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
Kamensky J. Red, White, Black and Blue. New York Times. 2017 May 19;BR27.

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 titleEuropean Journal of Clinical Investigation
AbbreviationEur. J. Clin. Invest.
ISSN (print)0014-2972
ISSN (online)1365-2362
Clinical Biochemistry
General Medicine

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