How to format your references using the Pathology - Research and Practice citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Pathology - Research and Practice. 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
V.N. Manoharan, COLLOIDS. Colloidal matter: Packing, geometry, and entropy, Science. 349 (2015) 1253751.
A journal article with 2 authors
T. Menezes, C. Roth, Symbolic regression of generative network models, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6284.
A journal article with 3 authors
W.W. Immerzeel, L.P.H. van Beek, M.F.P. Bierkens, Climate change will affect the Asian water towers, Science. 328 (2010) 1382–1385.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.T. Pierce-Shimomura, S. Faumont, M.R. Gaston, B.J. Pearson, S.R. Lockery, The homeobox gene lim-6 is required for distinct chemosensory representations in C. elegans, Nature. 410 (2001) 694–698.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.A. Fjeld, N.A. Eisenberg, K.L. Compton, Quantitative Environmental Risk Analysis for Human Health, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2007.
An edited book
N. Bascia, A. Cumming, A. Datnow, K. Leithwood, D. Livingstone, eds., International Handbook of Educational Policy, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Cerny, S. Dudani, J. Havlicek, D. Korchemny, Basic Properties, in: S. Dudani, J. Havlicek, D. Korchemny (Eds.), The Power of Assertions in SystemVerilog, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2010: pp. 101–113.

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 Pathology - Research and Practice.

Blog post
E. Andrew, New footage shows unique perspective of Felix Baumgartner’s historic jump, IFLScience. (2014).


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, Highway Infrastructure: FHWA Has Acted to Disclose the Limitations of Its Environmental Review Analysis, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Ramos, Surviving Childhood Bullying: Impact on Psychosocial Well-Being in Adulthood, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
K. Crow, Uncle Junior, a k a Dominic Chianese, Sings His Album, “Hits” (of Course), New York Times. (2001) 146.

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 titlePathology - Research and Practice
AbbreviationPathol. Res. Pract.
ISSN (print)0344-0338
ScopeCell Biology
Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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