How to format your references using the Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Mazin II (2015) Superconductivity: Extraordinarily conventional. Nature 525:40–41
A journal article with 2 authors
Dauphas N, Kasting JF (2011) Low pCO2 in the pore water, not in the Archean air. Nature 474:E2-3; discussion E4-5
A journal article with 3 authors
Alarousu E, AlSaggaf A, Jabbour GE (2013) Online monitoring of printed electronics by Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomography. Sci Rep 3:1562
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Ding B-S, Nolan DJ, Butler JM, et al (2010) Inductive angiocrine signals from sinusoidal endothelium are required for liver regeneration. Nature 468:310–315

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Warren AEA, Lerner RM, Phelps E (2011) Thriving and Spirituality Among Youth. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Gupta SC, Prasad S, Aggarwal BB (2016) Anti-inflammatory Nutraceuticals and Chronic Diseases. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Washington AM, Andersen L (2016) Efficacy of Creative Training for Gifted Science Students. In: Demetrikopoulos MK, Pecore JL (eds) Interplay of Creativity and Giftedness in Science. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp 71–85

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 Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism.

Blog post
Andrew E (2013) Extensive freshwater reservoirs have been discovered beneath the oceans. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2015) Women in STEM Research: Better Data and Information Sharing Could Improve Oversight of Federal Grant-making and Title IX Compliance. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Steinberg J (2015) The Social Construction of Beauty: Body Modification Examined Through the Lens of Social Learning Theory. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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
Saslow L (2008) Firefighters Museum Plans to Expand Again. New York Times LI11

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 titleMediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
AbbreviationMed. J. Nutrition Metab.
ISSN (print)1973-798X
ISSN (online)1973-7998
ScopeFood Science
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Nutrition and Dietetics

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