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
Godfray, H. C. J. Ecology. Society, where none intrudes. Science 343, 1213–1214 (2014).
A journal article with 2 authors
Lasne, F. & de Ceaurriz, J. Recombinant erythropoietin in urine. Nature 405, 635 (2000).
A journal article with 3 authors
Rouse, G. W., Goffredi, S. K. & Vrijenhoek, R. C. Osedax: bone-eating marine worms with dwarf males. Science 305, 668–671 (2004).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Erickson, G. M., Currie, P. J., Inouye, B. D. & Winn, A. A. Tyrannosaur life tables: an example of nonavian dinosaur population biology. Science 313, 213–217 (2006).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Good, P. I. Introduction to Statistics through Resampling Methods and R/S-Plus®. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2005).
An edited book
Heterocyclic Polymethine Dyes: Synthesis, Properties and Applications. vol. 14 (Springer, 2008).
A chapter in an edited book
Zhu, X., Song, B., Ni, Y., Ren, Y. & Li, R. Mobile Internet—From PC-Based Internet to PC-Based Internet and Mobile Internet. in Business Trends in the Digital Era: Evolution of Theories and Applications (eds. Song, B., Ni, Y., Ren, Y. & Li, R.) 63–82 (Springer, 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 Laboratory Investigation.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Brain Cell Transplantation Restores Learning And Memory In Mouse Models Of Alzheimer’s. IFLScience (2014).


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. Recovery Act Education Programs: Survey of School Districts’ Uses of Funds (GAO-11-885SP, September 2011), an E-supplement to GAO-11-804. (2011).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Navarro, C. Advocacy services for high-risk Latino families caring for children with autism: A grant proposal. (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
Herszenhorn, D. M. & Barry, E. Russian Voters Send a Message To Putin’s Party. New York Times A1 (2011).

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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