How to format your references using the The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science. 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
Nisini, B. 2000. ASTRONOMY: Enhanced: Water’s Role in Making Stars. Science. 290: 1513–1514.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kraehenbuhl, J.-P. and Corbett, M. 2004. Immunology. Keeping the gut microflora at bay. Science. 303: 1624–1625.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kinoshita, T., Wenger, T. and Weiss, D. S. 2004. Observation of a one-dimensional Tonks-Girardeau gas. Science. 305: 1125–1128.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ju, B. G., Jeong, S., Bae, E., Hyun, S., Carroll, S. B., Yim, J. and Kim, J. 2000. Fringe forms a complex with Notch. Nature. 405: 191–195.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rezaee, Z. 2011. Financial Services Firms, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
2014. The Art of Wireless Sensor Networks: Volume 2: Advanced Topics and Applications, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Li, Y. 2012. Convex Geometry on Partially Ordered Sets. pp. 27–31. In: Advances in Electrical Engineering and Automation, (Xie, Anne and Huang, Xiong eds.) Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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 Veterinary Medical Science.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. Intelligent Dressing Glows When Wounds Are Infected.


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 Regulating Domestic Telecommunications Common Carriers.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Stephenson, J. H. Ethics and morality in software development: A developer’s perspective.

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
Shpigel, B. Raiders Manage to Play Without Leader, Barely.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [3, 4].
This sentence cites four references [5–8].

About the journal

Full journal titleThe Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
ISSN (print)0916-7250
ISSN (online)1347-7439

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