How to format your references using the New Horizons in Translational Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for New Horizons in Translational 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.
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
D. Butler, Ministers back gene-crop advisers, Nature. 421 (2003) 775.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Flint, R. Mott, Applying mouse complex-trait resources to behavioural genetics, Nature. 456 (2008) 724–727.
A journal article with 3 authors
T.H. Rich, P. Vickers-Rich, R.A. Gangloff, Paleontology. Polar dinosaurs, Science. 295 (2002) 979–980.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
I. Cobo, P. Martinelli, M. Flández, L. Bakiri, M. Zhang, E. Carrillo-de-Santa-Pau, J. Jia, V.J. Sánchez-Arévalo Lobo, D. Megías, I. Felipe, N. Del Pozo, I. Millán, L. Thommesen, T. Bruland, S.H. Olson, J. Smith, K. Schoonjans, W.R. Bamlet, G.M. Petersen, N. Malats, L.T. Amundadottir, E.F. Wagner, F.X. Real, Transcriptional regulation by NR5A2 links differentiation and inflammation in the pancreas, Nature. 554 (2018) 533–537.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Kazimierczuk, High-Frequency Magnetic Components, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2013.
An edited book
W. Han, Z. Huang, C. Hu, H. Zhang, L. Guo, eds., Web Technologies and Applications: APWeb 2014 Workshops, SNA, NIS, and IoTS, Changsha, China, September 5, 2014. Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
O. Akashi, K. Fukuda, T. Hirotsu, T. Sugawara, Analysis of Diagnostic Capability for Hijacked Route Problem, in: D. Medhi, J.M. Nogueira, T. Pfeifer, S.F. Wu (Eds.), IP Operations and Management: 7th IEEE International Workshop, IPOM 2007 San José, USA, October 31 - November 2, 2007 Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007: pp. 37–48.

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 New Horizons in Translational Medicine.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, Poaching Increases African Elephants Born Without Tusks, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Federal Program To Strengthen Developing Institutions of Higher Education Lacks Direction, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1979.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
P.L. Walsh, Advancing Electroanalytical Methods for Monitoring Chemical Messenger Release, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 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
M. Kolomatsky, The Most Popular During April, New York Times. (2017) RE2.

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 titleNew Horizons in Translational Medicine
AbbreviationNew Horiz. Transl. Med.
ISSN (print)2307-5023
ScopeGeneral Medicine

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