How to format your references using the Sports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Sports. 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
Miller, C. ClC chloride channels viewed through a transporter lens. Nature 2006, 440, 484–489.
A journal article with 2 authors
Noriega, C.; Araujo, M. Carbon dioxide emissions from estuaries of northern and northeastern Brazil. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 6164.
A journal article with 3 authors
Efeyan, A.; Comb, W.C.; Sabatini, D.M. Nutrient-sensing mechanisms and pathways. Nature 2015, 517, 302–310.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Mohamed, N.-V.; Plouffe, V.; Rémillard-Labrosse, G.; Planel, E.; Leclerc, N. Starvation and inhibition of lysosomal function increased tau secretion by primary cortical neurons. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 5715.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zheng, F.; Kaiser, T. Digital Signal Processing for RFID; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2016; ISBN 9781118824269.
An edited book
Progress in Nonlinear Speech Processing; Stylianou, Y., Faundez-Zanuy, M., Esposito, A., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007; Vol. 4391; ISBN 9783540715030.
A chapter in an edited book
Blasch, E.; Chen, Y.; Chen, G.; Shen, D.; Kohler, R. Information Fusion in a Cloud-Enabled Environment. In High Performance Cloud Auditing and Applications; Han, K.J., Choi, B.-Y., Song, S., Eds.; Springer: New York, NY, 2014; pp. 91–115 ISBN 9781461432951.

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 Sports.

Blog post
Andrew, E. New International Climate Chief Faces A Serious Communication Challenge Available online: (accessed on Oct 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 Department of Education: Resolving Discrimination Complaints Has Improved With New Processing System; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1999;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Vatankhah, I. Purification of Industrial Grade Urea for diesel exhaust pollution reduction. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 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
Hollander, S. The Bus-Stop Guessing Game. New York Times 2009, CY5.

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 titleSports
ISSN (online)2075-4663

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