How to format your references using the Journal of Dermatological Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Dermatological 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
S. Tyagi, Genomics. E. coli, what a noisy bug, Science. 329 (2010) 518–519.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.H. Sieweke, J.E. Allen, Beyond stem cells: self-renewal of differentiated macrophages, Science. 342 (2013) 1242974.
A journal article with 3 authors
T.M. Bania, R.T. Rood, D.S. Balser, The cosmological density of baryons from observations of 3He+ in the Milky Way, Nature. 415 (2002) 54–57.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
E.M. Langdon, Y. Qiu, A. Ghanbari Niaki, G.A. McLaughlin, C.A. Weidmann, T.M. Gerbich, J.A. Smith, J.M. Crutchley, C.M. Termini, K.M. Weeks, S. Myong, A.S. Gladfelter, mRNA structure determines specificity of a polyQ-driven phase separation, Science. 360 (2018) 922–927.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S. Anwar, J.J. Carroll, Carbon Dioxide Thermodynamic Properties Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
A. Safari, E.K. Akdoğan, eds., Piezoelectric and Acoustic Materials for Transducer Applications, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Xiang, Simulation System of Examination Score Analysis Based on an Improved Apriori Algorithm, in: D. Zeng (Ed.), Advances in Computer Science and Engineering, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 19–25.

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 Dermatological Science.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Habit Could Explain Poor Eating Decisions Made By Anorexics, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Follow Up of Sanitary Conditions in Selected Food Industries, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.A. Christiansen, Investigation of magnetic proximity effect in ferromagnet/superconductor thin films by low temperature Magneto Optical Kerr Effect measurement, 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
S. Dominus, Not Just Us, New York Times. (2017) MM34.

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 Dermatological Science
AbbreviationJ. Dermatol. Sci.
ISSN (print)0923-1811
Molecular Biology

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