How to format your references using the Translational Research in Anatomy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Translational Research in Anatomy. 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
C. Smith, Genomics: big tasks for small molecules, Nature. 435 (2005) 991.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.-K. Tseng, S.-C. Cheng, Both catalytic steps of nuclear pre-mRNA splicing are reversible, Science. 320 (2008) 1782–1784.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.M. Timm, R.R. Ramey 2nd, Nomenclature Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists, What constitutes a proper description?, Science. 309 (2005) 2163–6; author reply 2163-6.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B.C. Sales, B. Saparov, M.A. McGuire, D.J. Singh, D.S. Parker, Ferromagnetism of Fe3Sn and alloys, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7024.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Sauter, From GSM to LTE-Advanced, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
P. Membrey, Learn Raspberry Pi 2 with Linux and Windows 10, Second Edition, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Tamene, P.L.G. Vlek, Soil Erosion Studies in Northern Ethiopia, in: A.K. Braimoh, P.L.G. Vlek (Eds.), Land Use and Soil Resources, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2008: pp. 73–100.

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 Research in Anatomy.

Blog post
T. Hale, People Are Freaking Out At This Apparent Time Traveler Filmed At A Mike Tyson Boxing Match In The ’90s, 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, Farmers Home Administration Needs To Better Plan, Direct, Develop, and Control Its Computer-Based Unified Management Information System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.A. Mazza, The Influence of Meteorological Parameters on Rainfall and Severe Weather in Pinellas County, FL, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 2011.

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
J. Dao, M.W. Walsh, Retiree Plans For Military Face Scrutiny, New York Times. (2011) A1.

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 Research in Anatomy
ISSN (print)2214-854X

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