How to format your references using the Laboratory Investigation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Laboratory Investigation. 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
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Smaglik, P. Balancing the books. Nature 428, 781 (2004).
A journal article with 2 authors
1.
Goodman, S. & Kreeger, K. Getting organized. Nature 423, 98–99 (2003).
A journal article with 3 authors
1.
Hu, H., Gan, J. & Jonas, P. Interneurons. Fast-spiking, parvalbumin+ GABAergic interneurons: from cellular design to microcircuit function. Science 345, 1255263 (2014).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Kessler, J. D. et al. A SUMOylation-dependent transcriptional subprogram is required for Myc-driven tumorigenesis. Science 335, 348–353 (2012).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Fencott, C., Lockyer, M., Clay, J. & Massey, P. Game Invaders. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012).
An edited book
1.
Kohlberg Revisited. (SensePublishers, 2015).
A chapter in an edited book
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Rutz, D. & Janssen, R. Socio-Economic Impacts of Biofuels on Land Use Change. in Socio-Economic Impacts of Bioenergy Production (eds. Rutz, D. & Janssen, R.) 81–93 (Springer International Publishing, 2014).

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 Laboratory Investigation.

Blog post
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Luntz, S. Bacteria Beat Plants To Quantum Capturing Of Light. IFLScience https://www.iflscience.com/physics/bacteria-beat-plants-to-quantum-capturing-of-light/ (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
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Government Accountability Office. Highway Contracts: Federal-Aid Highway Contracts Awarded to Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses. (1989).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1.
Johnson, C. Directed blogging with community college ESL students: Its effects on awareness of language acquisition processes. (Pepperdine University, 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.
Grynbaum, M. M. & Steel, E. Fox News Fires Another Host, as Tough Headlines Keep the Staff Reeling. New York Times B1 (2017).

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 titleLaboratory Investigation
AbbreviationLab. Invest.
ISSN (print)0023-6837
ISSN (online)1530-0307
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology
Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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