How to format your references using the Surgical Oncology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Surgical Oncology. 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
P. Seeman, Comment on “Diverse psychotomimetics act through a common signaling pathway,” Science. 305 (2004) 180; author reply 180.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.S. Sholl, J.K. Johnson, Materials science. Making high-flux membranes with carbon nanotubes, Science. 312 (2006) 1003–1004.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Henikoff, K. Ahmad, H.S. Malik, The centromere paradox: stable inheritance with rapidly evolving DNA, Science. 293 (2001) 1098–1102.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T.P. Barnett, D.W. Pierce, K.M. Achutarao, P.J. Gleckler, B.D. Santer, J.M. Gregory, W.M. Washington, Penetration of human-induced warming into the world’s oceans, Science. 309 (2005) 284–287.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Z.M. Seagal, O.M. Surnina, Ultrasonic Topographical and Pathotopographical Anatomy, John Wiley &;#38; Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
H. Blockeel, J. Ramon, J. Shavlik, P. Tadepalli, eds., Inductive Logic Programming: 17th International Conference, ILP 2007, Corvallis, OR, USA, June 19-21, 2007, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
J.C. Dobrowolski, P.J.F. Lipinski, J.E. Rode, J. Sadlej, α-Amino Acids In Water: A Review Of VCD And ROA Spectra, in: M. Baranska (Ed.), Optical Spectroscopy and Computational Methods in Biology and Medicine, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2014: pp. 83–160.

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 Surgical Oncology.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, How Long Your Caffeine Buzz Lasts May Be Written In Your Genes, 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, Federal Agencies’ Maintenance of Computer Programs: Expensive and Undermanaged, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1981.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
G.L. Pryor, Effects of a balance-specific exercise program on blood pressure medication usage, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2013.

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
G.G. Gustines, Walking Dead Creator Is Ending a Comic, New York Times. (2016) C3.

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 titleSurgical Oncology
AbbreviationSurg. Oncol.
ISSN (print)0960-7404

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