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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Surgery Open. 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
[1]
Smaglik P. Fact or fiction? Nature 2003;425:219.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Al Khawaja U, Stoof H. Skyrmions in a ferromagnetic Bose-Einstein condensate. Nature 2001;411:918–20.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Nagao K, Adachi Y, Yanagida M. Separase-mediated cleavage of cohesin at interphase is required for DNA repair. Nature 2004;430:1044–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Zhang Y, Sun C-M, Hu X-Q, Zhao Y. Relationship between melatonin receptor 1B and insulin receptor substrate 1 polymorphisms with gestational diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Sci Rep 2014;4:6113.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Welsh AH. Aspects of Statistical Inference: Welsh/Aspects. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 1996.
An edited book
[1]
Niaz M. Nature of Science in General Chemistry Textbooks. vol. 2. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Meijer HJM, Essers M, Struikmans H, Venselaar JLM, Poortmans P. Contributions and Risks of Radiation Therapy in Managing Cancer During Pregnancy. In: Azim HA Jr, editor. Managing Cancer during Pregnancy, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016, p. 41–54.

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 Open.

Blog post
[1]
Hamilton K. How The Human Brain Can Register Information Without Conscious Attention. IFLScience 2016. https://www.iflscience.com/brain/how-the-human-brain-can-register-information-without-conscious-attention/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Environmental Satellites: Focused Attention Needed to Mitigate Program Risks. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Remon G. Not Here Not Now. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 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
[1]
Kelly C. Long-Separated Portraits, on a Wall Together at Last. New York Times 2010:F29.

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 Open
AbbreviationInt. J. Surg. Open
ISSN (print)2405-8572
Scope

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