How to format your references using the Journal of Visualized Experiments citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Visualized Experiments. 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
McFiggans, G. Atmospheric science: marine aerosols and iodine emissions. Nature. 433 (7026), E13; discussion E13-4 (2005).
A journal article with 2 authors
Guttman, M., Rinn, J.L. Modular regulatory principles of large non-coding RNAs. Nature. 482 (7385), 339–346 (2012).
A journal article with 3 authors
Marteau, T.M., Hollands, G.J., Fletcher, P.C. Changing human behavior to prevent disease: the importance of targeting automatic processes. Science (New York, N.Y.). 337 (6101), 1492–1495 (2012).
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Stone, J.O. et al. Holocene deglaciation of Marie Byrd Land, West Antarctica. Science (New York, N.Y.). 299 (5603), 99–102 (2003).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety A Practical Approach to Hazard Identification for Operations and Maintenance Workers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ. (2010).
An edited book
Hofmann, E. The Supply Chain Differentiation Guide: A Roadmap to Operational Excellence. Springer. Berlin, Heidelberg. (2013).
A chapter in an edited book
Flint, D.J., Signori, P., Golicic, S.L. Innovation and Experimentation. Contemporary Wine Marketing and Supply Chain Management: A Global Perspective. 63–81 (2016).

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 Visualized Experiments.

Blog post
Davis, J. Newly Refined “Liquid Biopsies” Could Detect Cancer From Simple Blood Tests. IFLScience. at <> (2017).


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 Telecommunications: Full Adoption of Sound Transition Planning Practices by GSA and Selected Agencies Could Improve Planning Efforts. U.S. Government Printing Office. Washington, DC. (2006).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Jennings, S. Hiring, promotions, and identity negotiation of female hiring agents in American corporate retail (2015).

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
Lee, L. Ducking In and Out. New York Times. ST4 (2009).

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 Visualized Experiments
AbbreviationJ. Vis. Exp.
ISSN (online)1940-087X
ScopeGeneral Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
General Chemical Engineering
General Immunology and Microbiology
General Neuroscience

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