How to format your references using the Singapore Dental Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Singapore Dental Journal. 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.W. Morris Jr, Materials science. Stronger, tougher steels, Science. 320 (2008) 1022–1023.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.C. Cohen, H.H. Hobbs, Genetics. Simple genetics for a complex disease, Science. 340 (2013) 689–690.
A journal article with 3 authors
L.C. Rome, L. Flynn, T.D. Yoo, Biomechanics: rubber bands reduce the cost of carrying loads, Nature. 444 (2006) 1023–1024.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Kawamura, J. Suzuki, Y.V. Wang, S. Menendez, L.B. Morera, A. Raya, G.M. Wahl, J.C. Izpisúa Belmonte, Linking the p53 tumour suppressor pathway to somatic cell reprogramming, Nature. 460 (2009) 1140–1144.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Godula-Jopek, W. Jehle, J. Wellnitz, Hydrogen Storage Technologies, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2012.
An edited book
R.P. Dameri, C. Rosenthal-Sabroux, eds., Smart City: How to Create Public and Economic Value with High Technology in Urban Space, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
J.-P. Fouque, J. Garnier, G. Papanicolaou, K. Sølna, Effective Properties of Randomly Layered Media, in: J. Garnier, G. Papanicolaou, K. Sølna (Eds.), Wave Propagation and Time Reversal in Randomly Layered Media, Springer, New York, NY, 2007: pp. 61–90.

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 Singapore Dental Journal.

Blog post
T. Hale, What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning?, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Space Station: Deteriorating Cost and Schedule Performance Under the Prime Contract, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
F. Golf, Search for New Physics in a Final State with Same-Sign Dileptons, Jets, and Missing Transverse Energy at 7 TeV Center of Mass Energy, Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego, 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
L. Greenhouse, Supreme Court Takes Up Global Warming Case, New York Times. (2006) A2.

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 titleSingapore Dental Journal
AbbreviationSingapore Dent. J.
ISSN (print)0377-5291
ScopeGeneral Dentistry

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