How to format your references using the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science. 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
Abbott A. Rumblings from the fringe. Nature. 2006;439(7079):910-911.
A journal article with 2 authors
Damasio A, Meyer K. Behind the looking-glass. Nature. 2008;454(7201):167-168.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kohli RM, Walsh CT, Burkart MD. Biomimetic synthesis and optimization of cyclic peptide antibiotics. Nature. 2002;418(6898):658-661.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Thiel S, Hammerl G, Schmehl A, Schneider CW, Mannhart J. Tunable quasi-two-dimensional electron gases in oxide heterostructures. Science. 2006;313(5795):1942-1945.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Norton L. How to Be a Global Nonprofit. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
Cuzick J, Thorat MA, eds. Prostate Cancer Prevention. Vol 202. Springer; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Wu B, Sy SKB, Derendorf H. Principles of Applied Pharmacokinetic–Pharmacodynamic Modeling. In: Vinks AA, Derendorf H, Mouton JW, eds. Fundamentals of Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics. Springer; 2014:63-79.

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 Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.

Blog post
Evans K. Can Video Games Influence Sexist Attitudes? IFLScience. Published March 29, 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. Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellites: With Costs Increasing and Data Continuity at Risk, Improvements Needed in Tri-Agency Decision Making. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2009.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gonzaga Reed RR. The Impact of a Community-Based College Access Program at a Midwestern Institution. Published online 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
Lyall S. Three Beginnings, Reverse Chronology and A Novel That Starts Over in Every Chapter. New York Times. March 22, 2013:MM22.

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 titleInvestigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
AbbreviationInvest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci.
ISSN (online)1552-5783

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