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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Indian Journal of Medical Sciences. 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
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Chien KR. Genomic circuits and the integrative biology of cardiac diseases. Nature 2000;407(6801):227–32.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Yack JE, Fullard JH. Ultrasonic hearing in nocturnal butterflies. Nature 2000;403(6767):265–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Bréon F-M, Tanré D, Generoso S. Aerosol effect on cloud droplet size monitored from satellite. Science 2002;295(5556):834–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
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Kurs A, Karalis A, Moffatt R, Joannopoulos JD, Fisher P, Soljacic M. Wireless power transfer via strongly coupled magnetic resonances. Science 2007;317(5834):83–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Zhang PG, Chan T. The Chinese Yuan. 2 Clementi Loop, #02-01, Singapore 129809: John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte. Ltd.; 2011.
An edited book
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Herzig A, Lorini E, editors. The Cognitive Foundations of Group Attitudes and Social Interaction. 1st ed. 2015. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
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Hardes J. How to Manage Osteolytic Lesions. In: Bentley G, editor. European Instructional Lectures: Volume 12, 2012, 13th EFORT Congress, Berlin, Germany. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2012. page 45–58.

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 Sciences.

Blog post
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Carpineti A. The Cold Spot As Evidence Of The Multiverse? Not So Fast [Internet]. IFLScience2017 [cited 2018 Oct 30];Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/space/the-cold-spot-as-evidence-of-the-multiverse-not-so-fast/

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. Higher Education: Multiple Higher Education Tax Incentives Create Opportunities for Taxpayers to Make Costly Mistakes. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Palmer CM. Intramural scheduling time preferences to increase student participation. 2010;

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
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Johnson G. The Gradual Extinction of Accepted Truths. New York Times2015;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 titleIndian Journal of Medical Sciences
AbbreviationIndian J. Med. Sci.
ISSN (print)0019-5359
ISSN (online)1998-3654
ScopeGeneral Medicine

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