How to format your references using the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 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. Chalmers M. Cosmology: Out of the darkness. Nature 2012;490:S2-4.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Pulendran B, Artis D. New paradigms in type 2 immunity. Science 2012;337:431–435.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Randau L, Schröder I, Söll D. Life without RNase P. Nature 2008;453:120–123.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. Yamasaki A, Hara T, Maejima I, et al. Rer1p regulates the ER retention of immature rhodopsin and modulates its intracellular trafficking. Sci Rep 2014;4:5973.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Schulman FY. Veterinarian’s Guide to Maximizing Biopsy Results. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2016.
An edited book
1. Iglesias J, Fuentes L, Villanueva R eds. Cephalopod Culture. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Kuosmanen T, Keshvari A, Matin RK. Discrete and Integer Valued Inputs and Outputs in Data Envelopment Analysis. In: Zhu J, ed. Data Envelopment Analysis: A Handbook of Models and Methods. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2015:67–103.

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 Veterinary Medical Association.

Blog post
1. Taub B. English Bulldog Genetic Diversity May Now Be Too Low To Save The Breed. IFLScience 2016. Available at: Accessed October 30, 2018.


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. Delayed-Baggage Trends and Options for Compensating Passengers. 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. Zhuang S. Enhancing Implicit Finite Element Sheet Forming Simulation. 2008.

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. Koblin J, Rutenberg J. Pelley Said to Be Leaving Anchor Post With CBS News. New York Times. May 30, 2017:B4.

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 the American Veterinary Medical Association
AbbreviationJ. Am. Vet. Med. Assoc.
ISSN (print)0003-1488
ISSN (online)1943-569X
ScopeGeneral Veterinary

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