How to format your references using the Expert Review of Vaccines citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Expert Review of Vaccines. 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
Gudmundsson GH. Fortnightly variations in the flow velocity of Rutford Ice Stream, West Antarctica. Nature. 2006;444:1063–1064.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zijlstra AA, Davis RJ. Retrospective. Sir Bernard Lovell (1913-2012). Science. 2012;337:1307.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fox CG, Chadwick WW Jr, Embley RW. Direct observation of a submarine volcanic eruption from a sea-floor instrument caught in a lava flow. Nature. 2001;412:727–729.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mastepanov M, Sigsgaard C, Dlugokencky EJ, et al. Large tundra methane burst during onset of freezing. Nature. 2008;456:628–630.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davis TG. Java® and Mac OS® X. Indianapolis, IN, USA: Wiley Publishing, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
Blokhina E, El Aroudi A, Alarcon E, et al., editors. Nonlinearity in Energy Harvesting Systems: Micro- and Nanoscale Applications. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Vettoretto N, Molfino S, Montori G, et al. Laparoscopic Appendectomy. In: Agresta F, Campanile FC, Anania G, et al., editors. Emergency Laparoscopy. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016. p. 45–54.

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 Expert Review of Vaccines.

Blog post
Davis J. Kennewick Man To Be Repatriated To Pacific Northwest Tribes After DNA Tests Confirm Relationship [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 Education Funding: Allocation to State and Local Agencies for 10 Programs. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999. Report No.: HEHS-99-180. .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Reser G. Assessing the Relationship between Adult Attachment and Differentiation of Self to Coparental Divorce Adjustment [Doctoral dissertation]. [Scottsdale, AZ]: Northcentral University; 2012.

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
Oestreich JR. A Sequel of Sorts, Made to Challenge Singers. New York Times. 2017 Jun 23;C2.

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 titleExpert Review of Vaccines
AbbreviationExpert Rev. Vaccines
ISSN (print)1476-0584
ISSN (online)1744-8395
ScopeMolecular Medicine
Drug Discovery

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