How to format your references using the Preventive Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Preventive 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.
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
Gould, J., 2015. Learning from nature’s best. Nature 519, S2-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Simons, M., Eichmann, A., 2013. Physiology. Lymphatics are in my veins. Science 341, 622–624.
A journal article with 3 authors
MacLeod, N., Benfield, M., Culverhouse, P., 2010. Time to automate identification. Nature 467, 154–155.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Park, S., Lee, D.H., Xu, J., Kim, B., Hong, S.W., Jeong, U., Xu, T., Russell, T.P., 2009. Macroscopic 10-terabit-per-square-inch arrays from block copolymers with lateral order. Science 323, 1030–1033.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Davey, K.J., 2014. Building Winning Algorithmic Trading Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Izmailov, A.F., 2014. Newton-Type Methods for Optimization and Variational Problems, Springer Series in Operations Research and Financial Engineering. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Dubey, S.P., Molumi, C.P., 2015. Repair of External Nose Defects, in: Molumi, C.P. (Ed.), Color Atlas of Head and Neck Surgery: A Step-by-Step Guide. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 89–106.

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 Preventive Medicine.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2015. How Much Ultraviolet Light is Best for Life? [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1990. FAA Procurement: Competition for Major Data-Processing Project Was Unjustifiably Limited (No. IMTEC-90-71). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Wang, Y., 2012. Yield aggregation impacts on area-based insurance and commodity program (Doctoral dissertation). Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Vecsey, G., 2010. Petke Departs, Certain He Gave All That He Could. New York Times SP9.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Gould, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Gould, 2015; Simons and Eichmann, 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Simons and Eichmann, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Park et al., 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titlePreventive Medicine
AbbreviationPrev. Med.
ISSN (print)0091-7435
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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