How to format your references using the Vascular Cell citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Vascular Cell. 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
1. Venter JC. Genome-sequencing anniversary. The human genome at 10: successes and challenges. Science. 2011;331:546–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Green CB, Menaker M. Circadian rhythms. Clocks on the brain. Science. 2003;301:319–20.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Bintanja R, van de Wal RSW, Oerlemans J. Modelled atmospheric temperatures and global sea levels over the past million years. Nature. 2005;437:125–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Topinka MA, LeRoy BJ, Westervelt RM, Shaw SE, Fleischmann R, Heller EJ, et al. Coherent branched flow in a two-dimensional electron gas. Nature. 2001;410:183–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Labuszewski JW, Nyhoff JE, Co R, Peterson PE. The CME Group Risk Management Handbook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
1. Kwuida L, Sertkaya B, editors. Formal Concept Analysis: 8th International Conference, ICFCA 2010, Agadir, Morocco, March 15-18, 2010. Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Larionova M, Shelepov A. Is BRICS Institutionalization Enhancing Its Effectiveness? In: Rewizorski M, editor. The European Union and the BRICS: Complex Relations in the Era of Global Governance. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015. p. 39–55.

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 Vascular Cell.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Deep Water: A New Technology Probes Sydney’s Groundwater For The First Time [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/environment/deep-water-new-technology-probes-sydney-s-groundwater-first-time/

Reports

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Aviation Safety: FAA’s Assessment of Pre-flight Service Technology Options. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1994 Jun. Report No.: AIMD-94-137BR.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Hatcher R. Guide to improvisation for Mozart’s serenade in Bb Major, K. 361, the “Gran Partita” [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2012.

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
1. Kishkovsky S. Sophie Koulomzin Dies at 96; Orthodox Christian Educator. New York Times. 2000 Oct 4;B12.

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 titleVascular Cell
AbbreviationVasc. Cell
ISSN (online)2045-824X
ScopeCell Biology
Computer Networks and Communications
Developmental Neuroscience
Neurology

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