How to format your references using the Science Translational Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Science Translational 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
1. A. L. Balch, Chemistry. H₂O in a desert of carbon atoms, Science 333, 531–532 (2011).
A journal article with 2 authors
1. B. D. Gerardot, P. Ohberg, Physics. A strongly driven spin, Science 326, 1489–1490 (2009).
A journal article with 3 authors
1. D. Liu, S. Amagai, J. Bricken, Science education. Engaging teachers, scientists, and multimedia to promote learning, Science 336, 1509 (2012).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. Y. Fukata, H. Adesnik, T. Iwanaga, D. S. Bredt, R. A. Nicoll, M. Fukata, Epilepsy-related ligand/receptor complex LGI1 and ADAM22 regulate synaptic transmission, Science 313, 1792–1795 (2006).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. C. Lalanne, Sinusoidal Vibration (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014).
An edited book
1. M. Giaquinta, Mathematical Analysis: Linear and Metric Structures and Continuity G. Modica, Ed. (Birkhäuser, Boston, MA, 2007).
A chapter in an edited book
1. L. Puig, J. J. Guerrero, in Omnidirectional Vision Systems: Calibration, Feature Extraction and 3D Information, SpringerBriefs in Computer Science. J. J. Guerrero, Ed. (Springer, London, 2013), pp. 65–86.

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 Science Translational Medicine.

Blog post
1. J. Davis, It Now Looks Certain That 2016 Will Be The Hottest Year On RecordIFLScience (2016) (available at


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, Internet Infrastructure: Challenges in Developing a Public/Private Recovery Plan (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2006).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. O. Sato, thesis, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA (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
1. S. Kercher, Modern Help for the Brokenhearted? It’s OnlineNew York Times , D3 (2017).

In-text citations

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

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 titleScience Translational Medicine
AbbreviationSci. Transl. Med.
ISSN (print)1946-6234
ISSN (online)1946-6242
ScopeGeneral Medicine

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