How to format your references using the International Journal of Cardiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of 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.
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
R. Rogers, A chemist believes that an ionic liquid is the place for a noxious gas, Nature. 454 (2008) 555.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Kern, C. Martin, Optical pulsations from the anomalous X-ray pulsar 4U0142+61, Nature. 417 (2002) 527–529.
A journal article with 3 authors
L.K. Fenton, P.E. Geissler, R.M. Haberle, Global warming and climate forcing by recent albedo changes on Mars, Nature. 446 (2007) 646–649.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H. Itoh, A. Takahashi, K. Adachi, H. Noji, R. Yasuda, M. Yoshida, K. Kinosita, Mechanically driven ATP synthesis by F1-ATPase, Nature. 427 (2004) 465–468.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B. Dorronsoro, P. Ruiz, G. Danoy, Y. Pigné, P. Bouvry, Evolutionary Algorithms for Mobile Ad Hoc Networks, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
B. Fauser, J. Tolksdorf, E. Zeidler, eds., Quantum Field Theory: Competitive Models, Birkhäuser, Basel, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Das, J. Roy, S. Chakrabarti, Are We ‘Learning By Doing’?, in: J. Roy, S. Chakraborti (Eds.), Socio-Economic Analysis of Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in West Bengal, Springer, Singapore, 2016: pp. 19–20.

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 International Journal of Cardiology.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, Alignment Of Planets May Explain Sun’s Mysterious Cycle, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed 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, Protest Against Award of Data Processing and Mailing Contract, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
G.L. Brandon, Mendelssohn’s Public Statement of Faith: “Lobgesang” as Christian Witness, Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, 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
L. Saslow, Police Say Mother Let Minors Drink Alcohol, New York Times. (2007) LI2.

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 titleInternational Journal of Cardiology
AbbreviationInt. J. Cardiol.
ISSN (print)0167-5273
ScopeCardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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