How to format your references using the Legal Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Legal Medicine. 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
K. Powell, Breaking with tradition, Nature. 446 (2007) 226–228.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.T. Weir, D. Schluter, The latitudinal gradient in recent speciation and extinction rates of birds and mammals, Science. 315 (2007) 1574–1576.
A journal article with 3 authors
K.E. Sweeney, J.J. Roering, C. Ellis, GEOMORPHOLOGY. Experimental evidence for hillslope control of landscape scale, Science. 349 (2015) 51–53.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Efeyan, I. Garcia-Cao, D. Herranz, S. Velasco-Miguel, M. Serrano, Tumour biology: Policing of oncogene activity by p53, Nature. 443 (2006) 159.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Sedivy, G. Carlson, Sold on Language, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2011.
An edited book
S. Kalia, B.S. Kaith, I. Kaur, eds., Cellulose Fibers: Bio- and Nano-Polymer Composites: Green Chemistry and Technology, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
P.A. Barbuti, Stem Cell Therapy for Neurological Disorders: From Bench to Bedside, in: I. Somasundaram (Ed.), Stem Cell Therapy for Organ Failure, Springer India, New Delhi, 2014: pp. 41–70.

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 Legal Medicine.

Blog post
E. Andrew, First Vaccine For ’Mad-Cow’- Like Disease In Deer Shows Promise, IFLScience. (2014). (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
Government Accountability Office, Information Technology: Census Bureau Needs to Improve Its Risk Management of Decennial Systems, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R. Hernandez, Growth and development of greenhouse vegetable seedlings under supplemental LED lighting, Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, 2013.

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
S.K. (nyt), World Briefing | Europe: Estonia: Vodka Pipeline, New York Times. (2004) A6.

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 titleLegal Medicine
AbbreviationLeg. Med. (Tokyo)
ISSN (print)1344-6223
ScopePathology and Forensic Medicine
Issues, ethics and legal aspects

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