How to format your references using the Journal of Medical Devices citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Medical Devices. 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
Holmes, D., 2015, “A Disease of Growth,” Nature, 521(7551), pp. S2-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moore, J. N., and Simmons, S. F., 2013, “Geophysics. More Power from Below,” Science, 340(6135), pp. 933–934.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lassus, P., Opitz-Araya, X., and Lazebnik, Y., 2002, “Requirement for Caspase-2 in Stress-Induced Apoptosis before Mitochondrial Permeabilization,” Science, 297(5585), pp. 1352–1354.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Desforges, J.-P., Hall, A., McConnell, B., Rosing-Asvid, A., Barber, J. L., Brownlow, A., De Guise, S., Eulaers, I., Jepson, P. D., Letcher, R. J., Levin, M., Ross, P. S., Samarra, F., Víkingson, G., Sonne, C., and Dietz, R., 2018, “Predicting Global Killer Whale Population Collapse from PCB Pollution,” Science, 361(6409), pp. 1373–1376.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Matte, G. S., 2015, Perfusion for Congenital Heart Surgery, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Robinson, P. J., 2007, Behavioral Consultation and Primary Care: A Guide to Integrating Services, Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Cho, J. M., 2016, “Count Hermann Keyserling’s View of Japan,” Transnational Encounters between Germany and Japan: Perceptions of Partnership in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, J.M. Cho, L.M. Roberts, and C.W. Spang, eds., Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, pp. 53–70.

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 Medical Devices.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2014, “How To Find A Binary System’s Habitable Zone,” IFLScience [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 30-Oct-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, 2005, Credit Reporting Literacy: Consumers Understood the Basics but Could Benefit from Targeted Educational Efforts, GAO-05-223, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Seip, N., 2009, “A One Day Training on the Human Papillomavirus for Foster Youth Receiving Independent Living Services: A Grant Proposal,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach.

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
Gustines, G. G., 2009, “Sheldon Dorf, 76, Founder of Comic-Con,” New York Times, p. B18.

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 Medical Devices
AbbreviationJ. Med. Device.
ISSN (print)1932-6181
ISSN (online)1932-619X
ScopeBiomedical Engineering
Medicine (miscellaneous)

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