How to format your references using the Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research. 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
Severinghaus JP. Atmospheric science. Monsoons and meltdowns. Science. 2009;326(5950):240-241.
A journal article with 2 authors
Qu SW, Nie ZP. Plasmonic nanopatch array for optical integrated circuit applications. Sci Rep. 2013;3:3172.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhou Z, Barrett PM, Hilton J. An exceptionally preserved Lower Cretaceous ecosystem. Nature. 2003;421(6925):807-814.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
D’Autréaux B, Tucker NP, Dixon R, Spiro S. A non-haem iron centre in the transcription factor NorR senses nitric oxide. Nature. 2005;437(7059):769-772.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Noar J. Interceptive Orthodontics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
Choi-Kain LW, Gunderson JG, eds. Borderline Personality and Mood Disorders: Comorbidity and Controversy. Springer; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Lê M, Unkelbach J, Ayache N, Delingette H. GPSSI: Gaussian Process for Sampling Segmentations of Images. In: Navab N, Hornegger J, Wells WM, Frangi AF, eds. Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention – MICCAI 2015: 18th International Conference, Munich, Germany, October 5-9, 2015, Proceedings, Part III. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing; 2015:38-46.

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 Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research.

Blog post
Andrew E. Rare and Deadly, Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Remains a Bit of a Medical Mystery. IFLScience.


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. Computer Reservation Systems: Action Needed to Better Monitor the CRS Industry and Eliminate CRS Biases. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
George KA. Housing Adequacy and Civic Engagement in Los Angeles County. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach; 2014.

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
Crow K. Small Budget Cuts at a School Cause a Large Amount of Pain. New York Times. December 2, 2001:146.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
AbbreviationJ. Oral Biol. Craniofac. Res.
ISSN (print)2212-4268
General Dentistry

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