How to format your references using the Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease. 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
Crabtree, R.H. Chemistry. Creating ligands with multiple personalities. Science 2010, 330, 455–456.
A journal article with 2 authors
Pyle, J.; Harris, N. Joe Farman (1930-2013). Nature 2013, 498, 435.
A journal article with 3 authors
Karner, M.B.; DeLong, E.F.; Karl, D.M. Archaeal dominance in the mesopelagic zone of the Pacific Ocean. Nature 2001, 409, 507–510.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kuijpers, M.W.A.; van Eck, D.; Kemmere, M.F.; Keurentjes, J.T.F. Cavitation-induced reactions in high-pressure carbon dioxide. Science 2002, 298, 1969–1971.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Moloney, M.G. How to Solve Organic Reaction Mechanisms; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2015; ISBN 9781118698532.
An edited book
Inflammatory Breast Cancer: An Update; Ueno, N.T., Cristofanilli, M., Eds.; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2012; ISBN 9789400739062.
A chapter in an edited book
Zanuttigh, P.; Marin, G.; Dal Mutto, C.; Dominio, F.; Minto, L.; Cortelazzo, G.M. Data Fusion from Depth and Standard Cameras. In Time-of-Flight and Structured Light Depth Cameras: Technology and Applications; Marin, G., Dal Mutto, C., Dominio, F., Minto, L., Cortelazzo, G.M., Eds.; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016; pp. 161–196 ISBN 9783319309712.

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 Tropical Medicine and Infectious Disease.

Blog post
Hale, T. You Can Buy A Cube Made Of Every Collectible Element On Earth (accessed on Oct 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 Space Transportation: Status of the X-33 Reusable Launch Vehicle Program; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1999;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Felsburg, D.F. The business of evangelism: A phenomenological study of frustration and attrition among Christian evangelists. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University: Minneapolis, MN, 2008.

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
Alexander, K. The Day My Free Computer Music Died. New York Times 2001, 96.

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 titleTropical Medicine and Infectious Disease
AbbreviationTrop. Med. Infect. Dis.
ISSN (online)2414-6366

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