How to format your references using the International Journal of Surgery Case Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Surgery Case Reports. 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
K.J. Gaston, Sustainability: A green light for efficiency, Nature. 497 (2013) 560–561.
A journal article with 2 authors
T. Pawson, P. Nash, Assembly of cell regulatory systems through protein interaction domains, Science. 300 (2003) 445–452.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Bylinskii, D. Gangloff, V. Vuletić, Friction. Tuning friction atom-by-atom in an ion-crystal simulator, Science. 348 (2015) 1115–1118.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W. Gold, K. Ewing, J. Banks, M. Groom, T. Hinckley, D. Secord, D. Shebitz, Community collaborations. Collaborative ecological restoration, Science. 312 (2006) 1880–1881.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.A. Hobkirk, D.S. Gill, S.P. Jones, K.W. Hemmings, G.S. Bassi, A.L. O’Donnell, J.R. Goodman, Hypodontia, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., West Sussex, UK, 2010.
An edited book
J. Indulska, K. Raymond, eds., Distributed Applications and Interoperable Systems: 7th IFIP WG 6.1 International Conference, DAIS 2007, Paphos, Cyprus, June 6-8, 2007. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
I.F. Creed, G.Z. Sass, Digital Terrain Analysis Approaches for Tracking Hydrological and Biogeochemical Pathways and Processes in Forested Landscapes, in: D.F. Levia, D. Carlyle-Moses, T. Tanaka (Eds.), Forest Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Synthesis of Past Research and Future Directions, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011: pp. 69–100.

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 Surgery Case Reports.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, Neptune’s Formation May Have Been Smoother Than We Thought, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Monte Canfield, Jr., 1974-1978, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. Thomas-Whitman, Treading water: Civic engagement efforts in a time of budget crisis at a public university, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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. Yablonsky, Eye Spy, New York Times. (2007) 6228.

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 Surgery Case Reports
AbbreviationInt. J. Surg. Case Rep.
ISSN (print)2210-2612

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