How to format your references using the Israel Medical Association Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Israel Medical Association Journal (IMAJ). 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. Raguso RA. Plant science. The “invisible hand” of floral chemistry. Science 2008; 321 (5893):1163–4.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Donnelly JP, Woodruff JD. Intense hurricane activity over the past 5,000 years controlled by El Niño and the West African monsoon. Nature 2007; 447 (7143):465–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Yamamoto-Kawai M, Carmack E, McLaughlin F. Nitrogen balance and Arctic throughflow. Nature 2006; 443 (7107):43.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Jaglinski T, Kochmann D, Stone D, Lakes RS. Composite materials with viscoelastic stiffness greater than diamond. Science 2007; 315 (5812):620–2.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Blevins RD. Formulas for Dynamics, Acoustics and Vibration. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2015.
An edited book
1. Derevensky JL, Gupta R eds. Gambling Problems in Youth: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Caspi P, Benveniste A, Lublinerman R, Tripakis S. Actors without Directors: A Kahnian View of Heterogeneous Systems. In: Majumdar R, Tabuada P, eds. Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control: 12th International Conference, HSCC 2009, San Francisco, CA, USA, April 13-15, 2009. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2009:46–60.

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 Israel Medical Association Journal.

Blog post
1. Fang J. The California Two-Spot Is The First Octopus To Have Its Genome Sequenced. IFLScience 2015.

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. School Bus Safety: Crash Data Trends and Federal and State Requirements. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 2017.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Lieberman DS. “Stroke Your Thoroughbreds and Kick Your Donkeys”: Power and the Secondary Administrative Distribution of Teaching Assignments. 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
1. Kanter J. E.U. Opens Investigation of French Utility’s Taxes. New York Times. September 20, 2016:B5.

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 titleIsrael Medical Association Journal
ISSN (print)1565-1088
Scope

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