How to format your references using the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques. 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. Thomas JM. Centenary: The birth of X-ray crystallography. Nature. 2012;491(7423):186–187.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Keefe AD, Szostak JW. Functional proteins from a random-sequence library. Nature. 2001;410(6829):715–718.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Bandyopadhyay PR, Leinhos HA, Hellum AM. Handedness helps homing in swimming and flying animals. Sci. Rep. 2013;3:1128.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Azzouz M, Ralph GS, Storkebaum E, et al. VEGF delivery with retrogradely transported lentivector prolongs survival in a mouse ALS model. Nature. 2004;429(6990):413–417.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Sinzinger S, Jahns J. Microoptics. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2005.
An edited book
1. Broderick PA, Rahni DN, Kolodny EH, eds. Bioimaging in Neurodegeneration. Totowa, NJ: Humana Press; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Bonnin D, Travers C. α-Register. In: Baldoni R, Nisse N, Steen M van, eds. Principles of Distributed Systems: 17th International Conference, OPODIS 2013, Nice, France, December 16-18, 2013. Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2013:53–67.

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 Spinal Disorders & Techniques.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. How To Teach All Students To Think Critically. 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. Aviation Safety: Undeclared Air Shipments of Dangerous Goods and DOT’s Enforcement Approach. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Aldaco R. Latinas attainment of higher education: What factors contribute to their success? 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. Kanter J, Castle S. ‘Brexit,’ Migration, Trade: The E.U.’s List of Crises Keeps Growing. New York Times. October 20, 2016:A6.

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 Spinal Disorders & Techniques
ISSN (print)1536-0652
ISSN (online)1539-2465
Scope

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