How to format your references using the Future Cardiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Future Cardiology. 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
Mueller KL. Antibodies. The future is now. Introduction. Science. 341(6151), 1191 (2013).
A journal article with 2 authors
Coles P, Chiang LY. Characterizing the nonlinear growth of large-scale structure in the Universe. Nature. 406(6794), 376–378 (2000).
A journal article with 3 authors
Suttle KB, Thomsen MA, Power ME. Species interactions reverse grassland responses to changing climate. Science. 315(5812), 640–642 (2007).
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Zhang X-W, Yan X-J, Zhou Z-R, et al. Arsenic trioxide controls the fate of the PML-RARalpha oncoprotein by directly binding PML. Science. 328(5975), 240–243 (2010).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Etube LS. Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics of Offshore Structures. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Amann H. Analysis I. Birkhäuser, Basel.
A chapter in an edited book
Féray V, Méliot P-L, Nikeghbali A. Fluctuations in the non-lattice case. In: Mod-ϕ Convergence: Normality Zones and Precise Deviations. Méliot P-L, Nikeghbali A (Eds.), Springer International Publishing, Cham, 33–50 (2016).

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 Future Cardiology.

Blog post
Luntz S. Some Shell-Builders Are Benefiting From Ocean Acidification [Internet]. IFLScience (2017). 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. Federally Funded R&D Centers: Use of Contract Fee by The Aerospace Corporation. 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
Ochoa-Bontemps RS. Rebuilding the Broken Mirror: An Imaginal Approach to the Multicultural Self. (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
O’connor G. All at Sea. New York Times, BR15 (2017).

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 titleFuture Cardiology
AbbreviationFuture Cardiol.
ISSN (print)1479-6678
ISSN (online)1744-8298
ScopeMolecular Medicine
Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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