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
Alter H. Baruch Blumberg (1925-2011). Nature 2011; 473:155.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lecuit T, Le Goff L. Orchestrating size and shape during morphogenesis. Nature 2007; 450:189–92.
A journal article with 3 authors
Takahashi JS, Shimomura K, Kumar V. Searching for genes underlying behavior: lessons from circadian rhythms. Science 2008; 322:909–12.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Biscaras J, Hurand S, Feuillet-Palma C, Rastogi A, Budhani RC, Reyren N, Lesne E, Lesueur J, Bergeal N. Limit of the electrostatic doping in two-dimensional electron gases of LaXO₃(X = Al, Ti)/SrTiO₃. Sci Rep 2014; 4:6788.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McGrath AE. Luther’s Theology of the Cross. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011.
An edited book
Renals S, Bengio S, editors. Machine Learning for Multimodal Interaction: Second International Workshop, MLMI 2005, Edinburgh, UK, July 11-13, 2005, Revised Selected Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
Shaw LJ. Healthcare Costs of Angina in Women. In: Kaski JC, Eslick GD, Bairey Merz CN, editors. Chest Pain with Normal Coronary Arteries: A Multidisciplinary Approach. London: Springer; 2013. page 49–51.

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. Dunkin’ Donuts Ditches Titanium Dioxide – But Is It Actually Harmful? [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. Airline Competition: Higher Fares and Reduced Competition at Concentrated Airports. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Savvas C. Hydroclimate variability and landuse effects on nutrient export from watersheds in the mid-Atlantic United States. 2010;

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

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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