How to format your references using the Journal of Ovarian Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Ovarian 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.
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. Sassen K. Meteorology: dusty ice clouds over Alaska. Nature. 2005;434:456.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Prescott ED, Julius D. A modular PIP2 binding site as a determinant of capsaicin receptor sensitivity. Science. 2003;300:1284–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Herrmann B, Thöni C, Gächter S. Antisocial punishment across societies. Science. 2008;319:1362–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Suzuki H, Imura J-I, Horio Y, Aihara K. Chaotic Boltzmann machines. Sci Rep. 2013;3:1610.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Krichen S, Chaouachi J. Graph-Related Optimization and Decision Support Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2014.
An edited book
1. Preston CJ, Ouderkirk W, editors. Nature, Value, Duty: Life on Earth with Holmes Rolston, III. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Leśniewska B, Sawicka S, Godlewska-Żyłkiewicz B. On the Underestimated Factors Influencing the Accuracy of Determination of Pt and Pd by Electrothermal Atomic Absorption Spectrometry in Road Dust Samples. In: Zereini F, Wiseman CLS, editors. Platinum Metals in the Environment. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2015. p. 53–65.

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 Ovarian Research.

Blog post
1. Hamilton K. Circadian Rhythms And The Microbiome: Disrupting Daily Routine Of Gut Microbes Can Be Bad News For Whole Body [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016 [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. Computer Matching Act: OMB and Selected Agencies Need to Ensure Consistent Implementation. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2014 Jan. Report No.: GAO-14-44.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Bade LL. Extending the benefits of alcohol and drug treatment: An exploration of volunteer utilization and delivery of recovery services [Doctoral dissertation]. [Malibu, CA]: Pepperdine University; 2010.

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. Kenigsberg B. Film Series. New York Times. 2017 Aug 3;C20.

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 Ovarian Research
AbbreviationJ. Ovarian Res.
ISSN (online)1757-2215
ScopeObstetrics and Gynaecology

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