How to format your references using the Vaccine Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Vaccine Reports. 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
R.A. Kerr, GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEETING: Geologists Pursue Solar System’s Oldest Relics, Science. 290 (2000) 2239–2242.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Horvitz, D. Mulligan, Policy forum. Data, privacy, and the greater good, Science. 349 (2015) 253–255.
A journal article with 3 authors
N.D. Wolfe, C.P. Dunavan, J. Diamond, Origins of major human infectious diseases, Nature. 447 (2007) 279–283.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.C. Froehlich, Y. Liu, J.J. Loros, J.C. Dunlap, White Collar-1, a circadian blue light photoreceptor, binding to the frequency promoter, Science. 297 (2002) 815–819.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.A. Akivis, V.V. Goldberg, Conformal Differential Geometry and Its Generalizations, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 1996.
An edited book
A. Choukèr, The Immune System in Space: Are we prepared?, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
H. Amaris, M. Alonso, C.A. Ortega, Voltage Stability in Power Networks with Wind Power Generation, in: M. Alonso, C. Alvarez Ortega (Eds.), Reactive Power Management of Power Networks with Wind Generation, Springer, London, 2013: pp. 77–95.

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 Vaccine Reports.

Blog post
J. Davis, Scientists Have Found The Best Way To Treat A Jellyfish Sting, And No, It’s Not Pee, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Proposed Revisions to Procurement Regulations Covering ADP Equipment and Services, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1980.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R.M. Lenz, Iron, Arsenic, and Elevated Salinity in the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Aquifer of Louisiana, Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, 2017.

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
G. Milhollin, K. Motz, Nukes “R” Us, New York Times. (2004) A29.

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 titleVaccine Reports
AbbreviationVaccine Rep.
ISSN (print)2405-7843

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