How to format your references using the Journal of the American College of Radiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the American College of Radiology. 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]
Sylvestre D. Perspective: recognizing resistance. Nature 2011;474:S11.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Wijffels RH, Barbosa MJ. An outlook on microalgal biofuels. Science 2010;329:796–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Khudiyev T, Huseyinoglu E, Bayindir M. Non-resonant Mie scattering: emergent optical properties of core-shell polymer nanowires. Sci Rep 2014;4:4607.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Kerfeld CA, Sawaya MR, Tanaka S, Nguyen CV, Phillips M, Beeby M, et al. Protein structures forming the shell of primitive bacterial organelles. Science 2005;309:936–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Wernecke R. Industrielle Feuchtemessung. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2003.
An edited book
[1]
Marshak A, Davis A, editors. 3D Radiative Transfer in Cloudy Atmospheres. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Algaba F, Ro JY, Shen SS, Truong LD. Testis. In: Shen SS, Ro JY, editors. Frozen Section Library: Genitourinary Tract, New York, NY: Springer; 2009, p. 137–59.

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 the American College of Radiology.

Blog post
[1]
Carpineti A. Latest Dark Matter Survey Finds Inconsistencies With Previous Observations. IFLScience 2016.

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. Inspectors General: Information on Resources and Selected Accomplishments of Five Inspectors Generals. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Shirley A. Connecting foster children with their siblings within a summer camp setting: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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]
Saslow L. Fears of Brown Tide in Suffolk Waters. New York Times 2007:LI2.

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 the American College of Radiology
AbbreviationJ. Am. Coll. Radiol.
ISSN (print)1546-1440
ScopeRadiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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