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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Indian Journal of Rheumatology. 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
Robinson GE. EVOLUTION. Dissecting diversity in the social brain. Science. 2015;350(6266):1310-1312.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bourc’his D, Voinnet O. A small-RNA perspective on gametogenesis, fertilization, and early zygotic development. Science. 2010;330(6004):617-622.
A journal article with 3 authors
Petrascheck M, Ye X, Buck LB. An antidepressant that extends lifespan in adult Caenorhabditis elegans. Nature. 2007;450(7169):553-556.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Dai P, Mook HA, Aeppli G, Hayden SM, Dogan F. Resonance as a measure of pairing correlations in the high-Tc superconductor YBa2Cu3O6.6. Nature. 2000;406(6799):965-968.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Perez A. IP, Ethernet and MPLS Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
Bilbao JI, Reiser MF, eds. Liver Radioembolization with 90Y Microspheres. 2nd ed. 2014. Springer; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Pickard T. The Administrative Process: Credentialing, Privileges, and Maintenance of Certification. In: Taylor DA, Sherry SP, Sing RF, eds. Interventional Critical Care: A Manual for Advanced Care Practitioners. Springer International Publishing; 2016:25-30.

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 Rheumatology.

Blog post
Andrew E. Craziest Sex Lives of the Animal Kingdom. IFLScience.


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. Executive Guide: Measuring Performance and Demonstrating Results of Information Technology Investments (Exposure Draft) (Superseded by AIMD-98-99). U.S. Government Printing Office; 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Boylan SA. An exploratory case study: U. S. Army’s leadership development for organizational leaders. Published online 2017.

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
Vecsey G. Wisely Stepping Aside In a Bombarded City. New York Times. November 3, 2012:D3.

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 Rheumatology
ISSN (print)0973-3698

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