How to format your references using the Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology. 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
1. Graddol D. The future of language. Science. 2004;303:1329–31.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Dickson D, Abbott A. Britain asks to join European Southern Observatory. Nature. 2000;405:382–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Baran PS, Maimone TJ, Richter JM. Total synthesis of marine natural products without using protecting groups. Nature. 2007;446:404–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Hume AJ, Finkel JS, Kamil JP, Coen DM, Culbertson MR, Kalejta RF. Phosphorylation of retinoblastoma protein by viral protein with cyclin-dependent kinase function. Science. 2008;320:797–9.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Bagdonavičius V, Kruopis J, Nikulin MS. Non-parametric Tests for Censored Data. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc; 2011.
An edited book
1. Matulevičius R, Dumas M, editors. Perspectives in Business Informatics Research: 14th International Conference, BIR 2015, Tartu, Estonia, August 26-28, 2015, Proceedings. 1st ed. 2015. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Zhang Z, Platnick S, Ackerman AS, Cho H-M. Spectral dependence of MODIS cloud droplet effective radius retrievals for marine boundary layer clouds. In: Kokhanovsky AA, editor. Light Scattering Reviews 9: Light Scattering and Radiative Transfer. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2015. p. 135–65.

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 Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology.

Blog post
1. Andrew D. How To Capture An Asteroid – And Why We Should Go To Such Trouble [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2016 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/space/how-to-capture-an-asteroid-and-why-we-should-go-to-such-trouble/

Reports

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Medicaid Managed Care: Serving the Disabled Challenges State Programs. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1996 Jul. Report No.: HEHS-96-136.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Ford VF. An Exploratory Investigation of the Relationship between Turnover Intentions, Work Exhaustion and Disengagement among IT Professionals in a Single Institution of Higher Education in a Major Metropolitan Area [Doctoral dissertation]. [Washington, DC]: George Washington University; 2012.

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
1. Gurley G. Where Everybody Knows Your Name and Accepts Your Politics. New York Times. 2016 Nov 15;D4.

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 titleReproductive Biology and Endocrinology
AbbreviationReprod. Biol. Endocrinol.
ISSN (online)1477-7827
ScopeDevelopmental Biology
Endocrinology
Reproductive Medicine

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