How to format your references using the Journal of Pediatric Surgery citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Pediatric Surgery. 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
[1]
Berkley S. Share the risks of Ebola vaccine development. Nature 2015;519:263.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Chinsamy A, Elzanowski A. Bone histology. Evolution of growth pattern in birds. Nature 2001;412:402–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Rappuoli R, Miller HI, Falkow S. Medicine. The intangible value of vaccination. Science 2002;297:937–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Gao X-R, Zhang S-L, Yang Y-F, Han G-R. FEN1 -69G>A and 4150G>T polymorphisms and cancer risk in Chinese population. Sci Rep 2014;4:6183.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Equipment Testing Procedures Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Trayed and Packed Columns. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2014.
An edited book
[1]
Bhojwani SS. Plant Tissue Culture: An Introductory Text. New Delhi: Springer India; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Robert-McComb JJ. The Female Athlete Triad: Disordered Eating, Amenorrhea, and Osteoporosis. In: Robert-McComb JJ, Norman R, Zumwalt M, editors. The Active Female: Health Issues Throughout The Lifespan, Totowa, NJ: Humana Press; 2008, p. 81–92.

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 Pediatric Surgery.

Blog post
[1]
Andrew E. Water On Rosetta’s Comet Different To Water On Earth. IFLScience 2014.

Reports

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. Surface Transportation: Financing Program Could Benefit from Increased Performance Focus and Better Communication. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Michaels JL. Changing cooperation to competition disrupts attitudes and valence: First test of a dynamical model. Doctoral dissertation. Florida Atlantic University, 2009.

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]
Kovaleski SF. All the Presidents’ Memorabilia. New York Times 2015:C1.

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 Pediatric Surgery
AbbreviationJ. Pediatr. Surg.
ISSN (print)0022-3468
ScopeGeneral Medicine
Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
Surgery

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