How to Cite a Scientific Journal Article

When writing, it is imperative that you cite the works that you use or refer to in composing the work. Scholastic and professional codes often define composition dishonesty as knowingly representing the work of others as one's own. The way to properly protect yourself from accusations of plagiarism or dishonesty is to provide citations of all the works from which you borrow. The types of citations vary with the preference of each teacher, subject or institution. Scientific papers typically use a AMA format.

Step 1

Cite your source in-text by using superscript numerals. Number the citations in the order in which they appear in the text?.

Step 2

Gather the information about the article you are citing.You will need the following basic information: authors' last names and initials, title of article and subtitle (if any), abbreviated name of journal (in italics or underlined), year of publication, volume number (Note: If the journal does not have a volume or issue number, use the issue date), issue number (of Volume) and page numbers.

Step 3

Follow the typical AMA style guide for citation (AMA is the standard style for biological sciences.) A journal article citation in this style should look as follows:

Smith J, Canton EM. Weight-based administration of dalteparin in obese patients. Am J Health-Syst Pharm. 2003;60(7):683-687

(Again, the journal title should be underlined or preferably italicized.)

Step 4

Use this style in your list of citations titled \"References,\" which is your bibliography, with the numeral that corresponds to the in-text citation superscript numeral. Works appear in the same order as used in the manuscript.

AMA is the standard for scientific papers, your teacher or institution may require a different styling which may be found in the resources below.