How to format your references using the Trials in Vaccinology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Trials in Vaccinology. 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
S. Zolla-Pazner, A critical question for HIV vaccine development: which antibodies to induce?, Science. 345 (2014) 167–168.
A journal article with 2 authors
K.A. Crandall, J.E. Buhay, Evolution. Genomic databases and the tree of life, Science. 306 (2004) 1144–1145.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Zilberman, X. Cao, S.E. Jacobsen, ARGONAUTE4 control of locus-specific siRNA accumulation and DNA and histone methylation, Science. 299 (2003) 716–719.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Cao, L. Wang, H. Wang, L. Xia, H. Erdjument-Bromage, P. Tempst, R.S. Jones, Y. Zhang, Role of histone H3 lysine 27 methylation in Polycomb-group silencing, Science. 298 (2002) 1039–1043.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.D. Promislow, Fundamentals of Actuarial Mathematics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2010.
An edited book
M. Giovannini, C. Maffeis, E. Molinari, S. Scaglioni, eds., Salute & equilibrio nutrizionale, Springer, Milano, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
C.S. Boutlis, E.M. Riley, N.M. Anstey, J.B. de Souza, Glycosylphosphatidylinositols in Malaria Pathogenesis and Immunity: Potential for Therapeutic Inhibition and Vaccination, in: J. Langhorne (Ed.), Immunology and Immunopathogenesis of Malaria, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005: pp. 145–185.

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 Trials in Vaccinology.

Blog post
R. Andrews, Two Young Impact Craters Have Just Been Spotted On The Moon’s South Pole, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Puerto Rico: Characteristics of the Island’s Maritime Trade and Potential Effects of Modifying the Jones Act, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2013.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.M. Davidson, Transitional age youth—a program expansion to enhance existing services in Sonoma County: A grant-writing project, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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. Eligon, T. I. Writes Letters to Obama and Trump, New York Times. (2017) C3.

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 titleTrials in Vaccinology
ISSN (print)1879-4378

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