Vancouver Style Citation Guide Coming Soon!

Big news! Vancouver Style!

We are excited to announce that BibMe will soon have a comprehensive citation guide for Vancouver style!  We hope to have the guide ready to go by the start of this coming academic year.  In the mean time, you can use our Vancouver (author-date) or Vancouver (brackets, no “et al.”) automatic citation generators!

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Modern day Vancouver. (Image Courtesy of Darren Stone)

What is Vancouver style?

The Vancouver style is the style of choice for most biomedical journals and journals in other scientific fields.  It was conceived during a meeting in 1979, where medical journal editors convened in Vancouver, BC and decided on a standard citation style for the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).  Another name for Vancouver style is the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.  The style is also based on the requirement’s of the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s guide to citing medicine.  

If you’re a scientist, regardless of age, Vancouver is certainly an important style to know about.  The other most common referencing system used in medicine is the Harvard system— has a great guide for Harvard Referencing, if you want to learn more.

Here is a sample citation for a standard journal article:

Leurs R, Church MK, Taglialatela M. H1-antihistamines: inverse agonism, anti-inflammatory actions and cardiac effects. Clin Exp Allergy. 2002 Apr;32(4):489-98.

The general rule of thumb for mentioning a work in one’s scientific paper is that each cited piece of work that cited in the writer’s text is assigned a unique number, assigned by order of citation.  This number is used in bracket or superscript form whenever the paper references that particular resource.

For more general information on the Vancouver system and the history of medical referencing, check out this Wikipedia article.

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