How to format your references using the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. 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. Strong M. Scientists and societies. Community outreach. Nature. 2005;434:418.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Payne JL, Wagner A. The robustness and evolvability of transcription factor binding sites. Science. 2014;343:875–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Sethna JP, Dahmen KA, Myers CR. Crackling noise. Nature. 2001;410:242–50.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Tegus O, Brück E, Buschow KHJ, de Boer FR. Transition-metal-based magnetic refrigerants for room-temperature applications. Nature. 2002;415:150–2.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Malina M. Delivering Sustainable Buildings. Oxford: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2013.
An edited book
1. McLuckie A, editor. Respiratory Disease and its Management. London: Springer; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Rosenberg Z, Dekel E. Plate Perforation. In: Dekel E, editor. Terminal Ballistics. Singapore: Springer; 2016. p. 125–82.

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 Materials Science: Materials in Medicine.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Carcass Of Extremely Rare Megamouth Shark Washes Ashore In The Philippines [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. Acquisition of Automatic Data Processing Equipment. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1976 Oct. Report No.: B-115369.07.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Templeton TH. The Impact of Emergent Information and Communication Technology on Peacebuilding [Doctoral dissertation]. [Washington, DC]: George Washington University; 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. Vecsey G. Modest Senior Gives Butler Special Moment. New York Times. 2011 Mar 18;B15.

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 Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
AbbreviationJ. Mater. Sci. Mater. Med.
ISSN (print)0957-4530
ISSN (online)1573-4838
Biomedical Engineering

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