How to format your references using the The American Journal of Cardiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The American Journal of Cardiology. 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
1. Ni X. China’s research & development spend. Nature 2015;520:S8-9.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Lee SWS, Schwarz N. Washing away postdecisional dissonance. Science 2010;328:709.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Heinsohn R, Legge S, Endler JA. Extreme reversed sexual dichromatism in a bird without sex role reversal. Science 2005;309:617–619.
A journal article with 51 or more authors
1. Klaassen M, Lindström A A, Meltofte H, Piersma T. Ornithology. Arctic waders are not capital breeders. Nature 2001;413:794.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Pearce R, Barnes S. Raising Venture Capital. Oxford, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2006.
An edited book
1. Cortajarena AL, Grove TZ eds. Protein-based Engineered Nanostructures. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Nordenstreng K. Embroiled in Cold War Politics: IOJ and IFJ (1946–). In: Björk UJ, Beyersdorf F, Høyer S, Lauk E, eds. A History of the International Movement of Journalists: Professionalism Versus Politics. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK; 2016:125–172.

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 The American Journal of Cardiology.

Blog post
1. Carpineti A. Scientists Use Snail Genomics To Fight Deadly Parasitic Disease. IFLScience 2017. Available at: 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
1. Government Accountability Office. Health Care: Home Care Experiences of Families With Chronically Ill Children. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Hambarsoomian H. Classification of Placental Chorionic Surface Vasculature Network Features Using Machine Learning Techniques. 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
1. Koblin J. How Colbert Finally Got Real. New York Times. April 9, 2017:B1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleThe American Journal of Cardiology
AbbreviationAm. J. Cardiol.
ISSN (print)0002-9149
ISSN (online)1879-1913
ScopeCardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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