How to format your references using the Physics in Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Physics in Medicine. 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
D. Rochmyaningsih, Indigenous peoples must benefit from science, Nature. 526 (2015) 477.
A journal article with 2 authors
Z. Jin, J. Wang, PIN architecture for ultrasensitive organic thin film photoconductors, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5331.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.M. Humphries, D.W. Thomas, J.R. Speakman, Climate-mediated energetic constraints on the distribution of hibernating mammals, Nature. 418 (2002) 313–316.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C.-T. Pan, J.A. Hinks, Q.M. Ramasse, G. Greaves, U. Bangert, S.E. Donnelly, S.J. Haigh, In-situ observation and atomic resolution imaging of the ion irradiation induced amorphisation of graphene, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6334.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B. Eylert, The Mobile Multimedia Business, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2006.
An edited book
J. Esparza, R. Majumdar, eds., Tools and Algorithms for the Construction and Analysis of Systems: 16th International Conference, TACAS 2010, Held as Part of the Joint European Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2010, Paphos, Cyprus, March 20-28, 2010. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Handman, L. Kedzierski, A.D. Uboldi, J.W. Goding, Fishing for Anti-Leishmania Drugs: Principles and Problems, in: H.K. Majumder (Ed.), Drug Targets in Kinetoplastid Parasites, Springer, New York, NY, 2008: pp. 48–60.

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 Physics in Medicine.

Blog post
E. Andrew, How Plankton Help Control Clouds Over The World’s Most Remote Oceans, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Aviation Competition: Restricting Airline Ticketing Rules Unlikely to Help Consumers, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.A. Johnson, Job satisfaction in the operating room: An analysis of the cultural competence of nurses, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2008.

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
L. Chavez, Fellow Republicans, Open Your Doors, New York Times. (2005) A31.

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 titlePhysics in Medicine
AbbreviationPhys. Med.
ISSN (print)2352-4510
Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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