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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 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
Zerhouni EA. Information access. NIH public access policy. Science. 2004;306(5703):1895.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wain-Hobson S, Weiss RA. If free speech costs lives that’s a high price to pay. Nature. 2000;407(6806):834.
A journal article with 3 authors
MacDonald MP, Spalding GC, Dholakia K. Microfluidic sorting in an optical lattice. Nature. 2003;426(6965):421-424.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Kanbach G, Straubmeier C, Spruit HC, Belloni T. Correlated fast X-ray and optical variability in the black-hole candidate XTE J1118+480. Nature. 2001;414(6860):180-182.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Samuel GR. Formulas and Calculations for Drilling Operations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
Vaidya J. Privacy Preserving Data Mining. Vol 19. (Zhu YM, Clifton CW, eds.). Springer US; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
Fendler L. Educationalising Trends in Societies of Control: Assessments, Problem-Based Learning and Empowerment. In: Smeyers P, Depaepe M, eds. Educational Research: The Educationalization of Social Problems. Springer Netherlands; 2008:47-59.

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 Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Blog post
Andrew E. World First - Baby Polar Bears Caught On Camera Opening Their Eyes For The First Time. IFLScience. Published January 18, 2014. 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. NASA Procurement: Planning for Pilot Test of New Procurement Procedures Is Adequate. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Lauper AR. Effects of leadership training and networking opportunities on professional advancement: A quantitative study. Published online 2009.

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
Ewing J, Goldman A, Tabuchi H. VW Executive’s Trip Let F.B.I. Pounce. New York Times. January 10, 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 Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
AbbreviationJ. Am. Osteopath. Assoc.
ISSN (print)0098-6151
ISSN (online)1945-1997
ScopeComplementary and alternative medicine

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