How to format your references using the Organogenesis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Organogenesis. 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
Abbott A. Mouse genome: The real deal. Nature 2002; 420:456–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Garrott RA, Oli MK. Conservation. A critical crossroad for BLM’s wild horse program. Science 2013; 341:847–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ergon T, Lambin X, Stenseth NC. Life-history traits of voles in a fluctuating population respond to the immediate environment. Nature 2001; 411:1043–5.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Dyachok O, Isakov Y, Sågetorp J, Tengholm A. Oscillations of cyclic AMP in hormone-stimulated insulin-secreting beta-cells. Nature 2006; 439:349–52.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Knowles R. 200 Contractual Problems and their Solutions. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2012.
An edited book
Kalia S, Kaith BS, Kaur I, editors. Cellulose Fibers: Bio- and Nano-Polymer Composites: Green Chemistry and Technology. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Beeker N, Gaubert S, Glusa C, Liberti L. Is the Distance Geometry Problem in NP? In: Mucherino A, Lavor C, Liberti L, Maculan N, editors. Distance Geometry: Theory, Methods, and Applications. New York, NY: Springer; 2013. page 85–93.

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 Organogenesis.

Blog post
Andrew E. Watch This Lightning Strike In Slow Motion [Internet]. IFLScience2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]; Available from:


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. The Space Transportation System. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ilag GM. An examination of the entity participants’ collaborative partnerships within the United Nations Global Compact. 2014;

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
(nyt) SK. World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Last Regional Governor’s Election. New York Times2005; :A7.

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 titleOrganogenesis
ISSN (print)1547-6278
ISSN (online)1555-8592
ScopeDevelopmental Biology
Biomedical Engineering

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