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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Obesity Supplements. 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
Malakoff D. EARTH-MONITORING SATELLITES: Will the U.S. Bring Down the Curtain on Landsat? Science 2000; 288: 2309–2311.
A journal article with 2 authors
Murray J, King D. Climate policy: Oil’s tipping point has passed. Nature 2012; 481: 433–435.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cochran ES, Vidale JE, Tanaka S. Earth tides can trigger shallow thrust fault earthquakes. Science 2004; 306: 1164–1166.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Hofmann DC, Suh J-Y, Wiest A, Duan G, Lind M-L, Demetriou MD et al. Designing metallic glass matrix composites with high toughness and tensile ductility. Nature 2008; 451: 1085–1089.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Boyd RK, Basic C, Bethem RA. Trace Quantitative Analysis by Mass Spectrometry. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2008.
An edited book
Jayakumar R, Prabaharan M, Muzzarelli RAA (eds.). Chitosan for Biomaterials II. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Pereira C, Azari K. Replantation of the Digits. In: Salyapongse AN, Poore SO, Afifi AM, Bentz ML (eds). Extremity Replantation: A Comprehensive Clinical Guide. Springer US: Boston, MA, 2015, pp 49–65.

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 Obesity Supplements.

Blog post
Fang J. Pesky Beetle Destroys Coffee Crops Thanks to Caffeine-Detoxing Gut Microbes. IFLScience. 2015. (accessed 30 Oct2018).


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. Reports and Testimony: August 1991. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Stoltzfus KM. The relationship between teachers’ training transfer and their perceptions of principal leadership style. 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
Billard M. Pick a Pocket, Any Pocket. New York Times. 2010; : E6.

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 titleInternational Journal of Obesity Supplements
AbbreviationInt. J. Obes. Suppl.
ISSN (print)2046-2166
ISSN (online)2046-2174

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