How to format your references using the Journal of Dentistry: X citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Dentistry: X. 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
D. Zanette, Playing by numbers, Nature. 453 (2008) 988–989.
A journal article with 2 authors
K. Godula, D. Sames, C-H bond functionalization in complex organic synthesis, Science. 312 (2006) 67–72.
A journal article with 3 authors
E. Caro, M.M. Castellano, C. Gutierrez, A chromatin link that couples cell division to root epidermis patterning in Arabidopsis, Nature. 447 (2007) 213–217.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
N.-U. Frigaard, A. Martinez, T.J. Mincer, E.F. DeLong, Proteorhodopsin lateral gene transfer between marine planktonic Bacteria and Archaea, Nature. 439 (2006) 847–850.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P.A. Durbin, B.A.P. Reif, Statistical Theory and Modeling for Turbulent Flows, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2010.
An edited book
N. Bassiliades, M. Ivanovic, M. Kon-Popovska, Y. Manolopoulos, T. Palpanas, G. Trajcevski, A. Vakali, eds., New Trends in Database and Information Systems II: Selected papers of the 18th East European Conference on Advances in Databases and Information Systems and Associated Satellite Events, ADBIS 2014 Ohrid, Macedonia, September 7-10, 2014 Proceedings II, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
F. Ballester, Air Pollution and Health:, in: P. Nicolopoulou-Stamati, L. Hens, C.V. Howard (Eds.), Environmental Health Impacts of Transport and Mobility, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2005: pp. 53–77.

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 Journal of Dentistry: X.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Binge Drinking Behavior Could Be Linked To Brain Protein, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Aviation Security: Enhancements Made in Passenger and Checked Baggage Screening, but Challenges Remain, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V.J. Moody, Examining leadership styles and employee engagement in the public and private sectors, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 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
J.H. Davis, A. Rappeport, K. Kelly, R. Abrams, White House’s Tax Plan Puts Business at the Fore, New York Times. (2017) A1.

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 titleJournal of Dentistry: X
ISSN (print)2589-7004

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