How to format your references using the Journal of Surgical Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Surgical Education. 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
Murray CD. Planetary science. Ringing the changes. Science. 2006;311(5763):961-962.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jensen ELN, Akeson R. Misaligned protoplanetary disks in a young binary star system. Nature. 2014;511(7511):567-569.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brandvain Y, Barker MS, Wade MJ. Gene co-inheritance and gene transfer. Science. 2007;315(5819):1685.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Zhang W, Ronneberger I, Zalden P, et al. How fragility makes phase-change data storage robust: insights from ab initio simulations. Sci Rep. 2014;4:6529.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stone R, Gutiérrez-Albilla JD. A Companion to Luis Buñuel. Blackwell Publishing Ltd; 2013.
An edited book
Cohn AG, Mark DM, eds. Spatial Information Theory: International Conference, COSIT 2005, Ellicottville, NY, USA, September 14-18, 2005. Proceedings. Vol 3693. Springer; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
Loonen RCGM. Bio-inspired Adaptive Building Skins. In: Pacheco Torgal F, Labrincha JA, Diamanti MV, Yu CP, Lee HK, eds. Biotechnologies and Biomimetics for Civil Engineering. Springer International Publishing; 2015:115-134.

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 Surgical Education.

Blog post
Andrews R. Global Sea Level Rise Has Been Underestimated For A Very Long Time. IFLScience.


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. Opportunities for Improving Computerized Civilian Payroll Processing Operations. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1975.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Raynor SL. A Critical Quantitative Examination of the Relationship between Constructs of Engagement and Latino College Completion. Doctoral dissertation. George Washington University; 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
Kwak J. Getting Away With It. New York Times. July 5, 2017:BR10.

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 Surgical Education
AbbreviationJ. Surg. Educ.
ISSN (print)1931-7204

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