How to format your references using the Sexual Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Sexual 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
[1]
Kaiser J. PLANT GENETICS:From Genome to Functional Genomics. Science 2000;288:1715a.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Ricciardi A, Ward JM. Comment on “Opposing effects of native and exotic herbivores on plant invasions.” Science 2006;313:298; author reply 298.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Lowes MA, Bowcock AM, Krueger JG. Pathogenesis and therapy of psoriasis. Nature 2007;445:866–73.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Sahu S, Ghosh S, Fujita D, Bandyopadhyay A. Live visualizations of single isolated tubulin protein self-assembly via tunneling current: effect of electromagnetic pumping during spontaneous growth of microtubule. Sci Rep 2014;4:7303.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Bucci D. Analog Electronics for Measuring Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2017.
An edited book
[1]
Seherr-Thoss HC. Universal Joints and Driveshafts: Analysis, Design, Applications. 2nd edition. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Hauschild W, Lemke E. Partial Discharge Measurement. In: Lemke E, editor. High-Voltage Test and Measuring Techniques, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014, p. 157–231.

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 Sexual Medicine.

Blog post
[1]
Andrew E. Fish Oil Supplements Could Prevent The Onset Of Psychotic Disorders. IFLScience 2015. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/fish-oil-supplements-could-prevent-onset-psychotic-disorders/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

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. School Improvement Grants: Survey of State Educational Agencies Regarding Grant Implementation (GAO-12-370SP, April 2012), an E-supplement to GAO-12-373. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Bissell GH. Working in the transference as a multicultural intervention. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine University, 2011.

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]
Vecsey G. Summoning Another Storm. New York Times 2011:D8.

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 titleSexual Medicine
AbbreviationSex. Med.
ISSN (print)2050-1161
ScopeDermatology
Reproductive Medicine
Urology
Behavioral Neuroscience

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