- Check the journal’s instructions for format and review EACH reference to be sure they all comply!
- Be careful using reference manager software, e.g. EndNote
EndNote may give you this:
Norman, P.E., Powell, J.T. (2014) Vitamin D and cardiovascular disease. Circ Res. 114(2): 379-393.
And the journal style is this:
Norman PE, Powell JT. Vitamin D and cardiovascular disease. Circ Res 2014;114:379-93.
- ALWAYS double-check reference format details
- Capitalization of paper titles
- Is the journal title in PubMed abbreviation format?
- Are journal issue numbers included, or just the volume?
- Are page numbers in abbreviated or full format? (123-125 vs. 123-5)
- Use the most recent sources
- Always use PRIMARY sources
- In the text, always note the reference at the end of the first sentence related to the citation: “Smith et al reported results of a phase 2 trial.23 They found that 65% of patients showed improvement with treatment arm 1.”