How to format your references using the Indian Journal of Medical Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR). 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
Robinson PJ. Neuroscience. How to fill a synapse. Science 2007; 316 : 551–3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cerdán PD, Chory J. Regulation of flowering time by light quality. Nature 2003; 423 : 881–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
Reinhard CT, Planavsky NJ, Lyons TW. Long-term sedimentary recycling of rare sulphur isotope anomalies. Nature 2013; 497 : 100–3.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Reits EA, Vos JC, Grommé M, Neefjes J. The major substrates for TAP in vivo are derived from newly synthesized proteins. Nature 2000; 404 : 774–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schepers U. RNA Interference in Practice. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2004.
An edited book
de Virgilio C, Frank PN, Grigorian A, editors. Surgery: A Case Based Clinical Review. New York, NY: Springer; 2015 XIX, 723 p. 100 illus., 29 illus. in color p.
A chapter in an edited book
Ascher W, Mirovitskaya N. Grabbing Assets and Opportunities. In: Mirovitskaya N, editor. Development Strategies and Inter-Group Violence: Insights on Conflict-Sensitive Development. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US; 2016 p. 81–94.

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 Indian Journal of Medical Research.

Blog post
Andrew E. Earth Narrowly Missed A Potentially Devastating Solar Superstorm In 2012. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014. Available from:, accessed on 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. Air Traffic Control: FAA’s Modernization Investment Management Approach Could Be Strengthened. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999 Apr. Report No.: RCED/AIMD-99-88.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lee M. A graphic design curriculum development project [Doctoral dissertation]. Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach; 2014.

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 BM. The Tailor of 125th Street. New York Times. 2017 : ST1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleIndian Journal of Medical Research
AbbreviationIndian J. Med. Res.
ISSN (print)0971-5916
ScopeGeneral Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
General Medicine

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