How to format your references using the Respiratory Medicine: X citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Respiratory Medicine: X. 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
J.R. Rohde, Microbiology. Listeria unwinds host DNA, Science. 331 (2011) 1271–1272.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Ekert, R. Renner, The ultimate physical limits of privacy, Nature. 507 (2014) 443–447.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Carrez, D. Ferré, P. Cordier, Implications for plastic flow in the deep mantle from modelling dislocations in MgSiO3 minerals, Nature. 446 (2007) 68–70.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
N. Volkmann, K.J. Amann, S. Stoilova-McPhie, C. Egile, D.C. Winter, L. Hazelwood, J.E. Heuser, R. Li, T.D. Pollard, D. Hanein, Structure of Arp2/3 complex in its activated state and in actin filament branch junctions, Science. 293 (2001) 2456–2459.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
F. Le Chevalier, D. Lesselier, R. Staraj, Non-standard Antennas, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
R. Lasaponara, N. Masini, eds., Satellite Remote Sensing: A New Tool for Archaeology, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
H. Lin, Stratifying Winning Positions in Parity Games, in: K.M. van Hee, R. Valk (Eds.), Applications and Theory of Petri Nets: 29th International Conference, PETRI NETS 2008, Xi’an, China, June 23-27, 2008. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008: pp. 9–11.

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 Respiratory Medicine: X.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Scientists Discover The Secret Of Why Indian Food Tastes So Good, 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, Tribal Transportation: Better Data Could Improve Road Management and Inform Indian Student Attendance Strategies, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2017.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. Weygandt, Extension of Elementary Functions to Zeon Algebras, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, 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
S. Kishkovsky, David Sarkisyan, 62, Moscow Preservationist, New York Times. (2010) A25.

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 titleRespiratory Medicine: X
ISSN (print)2590-1435

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