How to format your references using the Steroids citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Steroids. 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
S.R. Palumbi, Humans as the world’s greatest evolutionary force, Science. 293 (2001) 1786–1790.
A journal article with 2 authors
Z. Zhang, J. Wang, Long-range hybrid wedge plasmonic waveguide, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6870.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Hodge, C.D. Campbell, A.H. Fitter, An arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus accelerates decomposition and acquires nitrogen directly from organic material, Nature. 413 (2001) 297–299.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D. Chen, M. Pacal, P. Wenzel, P.S. Knoepfler, G. Leone, R. Bremner, Division and apoptosis of E2f-deficient retinal progenitors, Nature. 462 (2009) 925–929.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Perl, T.R. DeMark, DeMark Indicators, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
B. Kågström, E. Elmroth, J. Dongarra, J. Waśniewski, eds., Applied Parallel Computing. State of the Art in Scientific Computing: 8th International Workshop, PARA 2006, Umeå, Sweden, June 18-21, 2006, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
D.C. Black, J. Donovan, B. Bunton, A. Keist, Modules, in: J. Donovan, B. Bunton, A. Keist (Eds.), SystemC: From the Ground Up, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2010: pp. 47–58.

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 Steroids.

Blog post
E. Andrew, 7th Grader Builds Braille Printer From Lego, 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, 2010 Census: Data Collection Is Under Way, but Reliability of Key Information Technology Systems Remains a Risk, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2010.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V. Bujarbarua, Production Optimization Using an In-Situ Steam Generator in a Rejuvenated Heavy Oil Field, Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, 2015.

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
J. Soble, Airbag Crisis Sends Takata To Its Demise, New York Times. (2017) B1.

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 titleSteroids
ISSN (print)0039-128X
Clinical Biochemistry
Molecular Biology
Organic Chemistry

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