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
Lupas AN. Protein Design. What I cannot create, I do not understand. Science. 2014;346(6216):1455-1456.
A journal article with 2 authors
O’Higgins P, Elton S. Anthropology. Walking on trees. Science. 2007;316(5829):1292-1294.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rozin P, Haidt J, Fincher K. Psychology. From oral to moral. Science. 2009;323(5918):1179-1180.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Massé K, Bhamra S, Eason R, Dale N, Jones EA. Purine-mediated signalling triggers eye development. Nature. 2007;449(7165):1058-1062.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ibrahim D. Microcontroller Based Applied Digital Control. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2006.
An edited book
Aranda B. Facelets Essentials: Guide to JavaServerTM Faces View Definition Framework. (Wadia Z, ed.). Apress; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Shah VP, Williams RL. Importance of In Vitro Drug Release. In: Shah VP, Maibach HI, Jenner J, eds. Topical Drug Bioavailability, Bioequivalence, and Penetration. Springer; 2014:61-67.

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. New Research Shows How To Trap Cancer By Turning Your Body Against The Tumour. IFLScience. Published October 22, 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. Airport Improvement Program: State Block Grant Pilot Program Is a Success. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Koons LM. An Outreach Program for Homeless Individuals: A Grant Proposal. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach; 2013.

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
Feeney K. Tasting Every Calorie. New York Times. May 24, 2009:NJ10.

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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