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
Crocker J. The road to fraud starts with a single step. Nature 2011; 479:151.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schaefer BE, Pagnotta A. An absence of ex-companion stars in the type Ia supernova remnant SNR 0509-67.5. Nature 2012; 481:164–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
Altshuler D, Daly MJ, Lander ES. Genetic mapping in human disease. Science 2008; 322:881–8.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Wang HH, Isaacs FJ, Carr PA, Sun ZZ, Xu G, Forest CR, Church GM. Programming cells by multiplex genome engineering and accelerated evolution. Nature 2009; 460:894–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Krabbes G, Fuchs G, Canders W-R, May H, Palka R. High Temperature Superconductor Bulk Materials. Weinheim, FRG: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2006.
An edited book
Stack MS, Fishman DA, editors. Ovarian Cancer: Second Edition. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Boothby B. Autonomous Attack—Opportunity or Spectre? In: Gill TD, Geiß R, Heinsch R, McCormack T, Paulussen C, Dorsey J, editors. Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 2013. The Hague: T.M.C. Asser Press; 2015. page 71–88.

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
Fang J. Bluebirds Shout Their Songs When it Gets Noisy. IFLScience2015;


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. Weather Forecasting: Unmet Needs and Unknown Costs Warrant Reassessment of Observing System Plans. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Meza J. A community outreach program for Latino immigrant families: Increasing service utilization. 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
Kelly K. Achieving Techno-Literacy. New York Times2010; :MM21.

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

Other styles