How to format your references using the Periodontology 2000 citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Periodontology 2000. 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
Greeley JP. Chemistry. Active site of an industrial catalyst. Science 2012: 336: 810–811.
A journal article with 2 authors
Morris SC, Caron J-B. A primitive fish from the Cambrian of North America. Nature 2014: 512: 419–422.
A journal article with 3 authors
Halevy I, Peters SE, Fischer WW. Sulfate burial constraints on the Phanerozoic sulfur cycle. Science 2012: 337: 331–334.
A journal article with 100 or more authors
Vo M-N, Terrey M, Lee JW, Roy B, Moresco JJ, Sun L, Fu H, Liu Q, Weber TG, Yates JR 3rd, Fredrick K, Schimmel P, Ackerman SL. Publisher Correction: ANKRD16 prevents neuron loss caused by an editing-defective tRNA synthetase. Nature 2018: 560: E35.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Traitler H. Food Industry Innovation School, The. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd 2015
An edited book
Shchelkunov SN. Orthopoxviruses Pathogenic for Humans. Boston, MA: Springer US 2005
A chapter in an edited book
Garde-Hansen J, McEwen L, Jones O. Towards a Memo-Techno-Ecology: Mediating Memories of Extreme Flooding in Resilient Communities. In: Hajek A, Lohmeier C, Pentzold C, editors. Memory in a Mediated World: Remembrance and Reconstruction. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK 2016: 55–73.

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 Periodontology 2000.

Blog post
Fang J. The Genomes of Darwin’s Finches Have Now All Been Sequenced. IFLScience. 2015. (accessed 30 Oct2018).


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. Commercial Space Launches: FAA Should Update How It Assesses Federal Liability Risk. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office 2012

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bornheimer ME. The influence of leadership development programs on the community college leadership shortage: A case study. 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
Kelly M. THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Democrats; Clinton Throws G.O.P. Slogan Back at President. New York Times. 1992: : 124.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (2).
This sentence cites two references (2,4).
This sentence cites four references (2,5,6,8).

About the journal

Full journal titlePeriodontology 2000
AbbreviationPeriodontol. 2000
ISSN (print)0906-6713
ISSN (online)1600-0757

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