How to format your references using the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 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
Manners I. Materials science. Putting metals into polymers. Science. 2001 Nov 23;294(5547):1664–1666.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cooper BG, Goller F. Multimodal signals: enhancement and constraint of song motor patterns by visual display. Science. 2004 Jan 23;303(5657):544–546.
A journal article with 3 authors
Du M, Wang Z, Hu H. Measuring memory with the order of fractional derivative. Sci. Rep. 2013 Dec 5;3:3431.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cattin M-F, Bersier L-F, Banasek-Richter C, et al. Phylogenetic constraints and adaptation explain food-web structure. Nature. 2004 Feb 26;427(6977):835–839.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ben Mahmoud MS, Larrieu N, Pirovano A. Risk Propagation Assessment for Network Security. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
Abe A, Dusek K, Kobayashi S, editors. Biopolymers: Lignin, Proteins, Bioactive Nanocomposites. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Qiu D, Song J. Danshen’s In Vitro Culture. In: Yan X, editor. Dan Shen (Salvia miltiorrhiza) in Medicine: Volume 1. Biology and Chemistry. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2015. p. 69–87.

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 Orthopaedic Trauma.

Blog post
Andrew E. Four Rare White Lion Cubs Born [Internet]. IFLScience. 2014 Aug 23 [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
Government Accountability Office. Challenges of Protecting Personal Information in an Expanding Federal Computer Network Environment. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Corbets JB. Evaluating System Architecture Quality and Architecting Team Performance Using Information Quality Theory. 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
Walsh MW. Car Insurers Facing Rush Of Claims After Storm. New York Times. 2017 Aug 31;B4.

In-text citations

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

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 Orthopaedic Trauma
AbbreviationJ. Orthop. Trauma
ISSN (print)0890-5339
ISSN (online)1531-2291
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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