How to format your references using the Translational Behavioral Medicine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Translational Behavioral Medicine. 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
Vinković, D. (2009). Radiation-pressure mixing of large dust grains in protoplanetary disks. Nature, 459(7244), 227–229.
A journal article with 2 authors
Martin, L. B., & Coon, C. A. C. (2010). Immunology. Infection protection and natural selection. Science (New York, N.Y.), 330(6004), 602–603.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gunanathan, C., Ben-David, Y., & Milstein, D. (2007). Direct synthesis of amides from alcohols and amines with liberation of H2. Science (New York, N.Y.), 317(5839), 790–792.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Herbst, W., Hamilton, C. M., LeDuc, K., Winn, J. N., Johns-Krull, C. M., Mundt, R., & Ibrahimov, M. (2008). Reflected light from sand grains in the terrestrial zone of a protoplanetary disk. Nature, 452(7184), 194–197.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Numai, T. (2010). Laser Diodes and their Applications to Communications and Information Processing. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Mouritsen, O. G. (2016). LIFE - AS A MATTER OF FAT: Lipids in a Membrane Biophysics Perspective. (L. A. Bagatolli, Ed.) (2nd ed. 2016.). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Ballester, F. (2005). Air Pollution and Health: In P. Nicolopoulou-Stamati, L. Hens, & C. V. Howard (Eds.), Environmental Health Impacts of Transport and Mobility (pp. 53–77). Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.

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 Translational Behavioral Medicine.

Blog post
Fang, J. (2014, August 13). Crayfish Grow New Brain Cells From Blood Cells. IFLScience. IFLScience. Retrieved October 30, 2018, from


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. (2005). Questions for the Record Related to Amtrak’s Food and Beverage Service (No. GAO-05-893R). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Scuderi, N. F. (2010). Servant leadership and transformational leadership in church organizations (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Eligon, J. (2017, August 19). For Some in Charlottesville, Statue Dispute Distracts From City’s Deep Racial Split. New York Times, p. A10.

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 titleTranslational Behavioral Medicine
AbbreviationTransl. Behav. Med.
ISSN (print)1869-6716
ISSN (online)1613-9860
ScopeBehavioral Neuroscience
Applied Psychology

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