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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Clinical 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.
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
Peik E. Physics. Logical spectroscopy. Science. 309(5735), 710–711 (2005).
A journal article with 2 authors
Christensen CH, Nørskov JK. Chemistry. Green gold catalysis. Science. 327(5963), 278–279 (2010).
A journal article with 3 authors
Patt AG, Ogallo L, Hellmuth M. Sustainability. Learning from 10 years of climate outlook forums in Africa. Science. 318(5847), 49–50 (2007).
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Bertet P, Osnaghi S, Rauschenbeutel A, et al. A complementarity experiment with an interferometer at the quantum-classical boundary. Nature. 411(6834), 166–170 (2001).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Harris C. Electricity Markets. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Lüttge U, Beck E, Bartels D, editors. Plant Desiccation Tolerance. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Dao-Tran M, Eiter T, Fink M, Krennwallner T. First-Order Encodings for Modular Nonmonotonic Datalog Programs. In: Datalog Reloaded: First International Workshop, Datalog 2010, Oxford, UK, March 16-19, 2010. Revised Selected Papers. Moor O de, Gottlob G, Furche T, Sellers A (Eds.). . Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 59–77 (2011).

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 Clinical Rheumatology.

Blog post
Andrew E. Does Global Warming Mean More Or Less Snow? [Internet]. IFLScience. (2015). 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. USDA Information Management: Extensive Improvements Needed in Managing Information Technology Investments. 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
Gardina VJ. Analysis of LiDAR data for fluvial geomorphic change detection at a small Maryland stream. (2008).

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
Greenhouse L. Supreme Court to Determine Fate of Business Tax Credits. New York Times. , C3 (2005).

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 Clinical Rheumatology
AbbreviationInt. J. Clin. Rheumtol.
ISSN (print)1758-4272
ISSN (online)1758-4280

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