BMJ Referencing Guide
(updated Oct 2022)


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How to do citations in BMJ style?

This is the Citationsy guide to BMJ citations, reference lists, in-text citations, and bibliographies.
The complete, comprehensive guide shows you how easy citing any source can be. Referencing books, youtube videos, websites, articles, journals, podcasts, images, videos, or music in BMJ.

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How do you cite a book in the BMJ referencing style? (2022 Guide)

One of the most cited mediums is of course books. Here’s how to cite a book in BMJ

Here’s an example book citation in BMJ using placeholders:
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Last Name FN. Title. Edition. City : Publisher 2000.
So if we want to cite, for example, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou we’d do so like this:
BMJ citation:
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Angelou M. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. 1st ed. New York : Random House 1969.
And an in-text citation book citation in BMJ looks like this: [1]

How to reference a journal article in the BMJ citation style?

How do you cite scientific papers in BMJ format?

Use the following template to cite a journal article using the BMJ citation format.

Here’s a BMJ journal citation example using placeholders:
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Author1 LastnameAF, Author3 LastnameAF. Title. Container 2000;Volume:pages Used. doi:DOI
So if we want to reference this scientific article: “Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?” by C. Petit and J.M. Sieffermann in BMJ:
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Petit C, Sieffermann J. Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?. 2007;18:161-72. doi:10.1016/j.foodqual.2006.05.008
And an in-text citation would look like this: [1]

How to cite a website in a paper in BMJ style?

I found a useful website and want to cite information from it in my paper. How do I reference in BMJ? Here’s a simple guide on how to do it

Here’s an BMJ example website reference:
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Author1 LastnameAF, Author2 LastnameAF. Title. 2000.https://www.example.com (accessed 4 Oct. 2022).
To reference the article located at this link:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083
on The Guardian website:
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Tran M. Barack Obama To Be America’s First Black President. 2008.https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/nov/05/uselections20083 (accessed 4 Oct. 2022).
And an in-text citation would look like this: [1]

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How to cite a YouTube video BMJ in 2022

While you might first think of books, journal articles, and news websites as go-to sources for academic work, YouTube also provides a wealth of quality information. Here’s how to cite it in BMJ

Here’s a BMJ citation YouTube video example:
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ChannelName. Title. YouTube. 2000.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXXXXX (accessed 4 Oct. 2022).
So how to cite a video BMJ?
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Pixar. Pizza Clip — Inside Out. YouTube. 2015.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W6rntBADUQ (accessed 4 Oct. 2022).
And an in-text video citation would look like this: [1]

How to cite a podcast using BMJ referencing style

Are you listening to a history, philosophy, or literature podcast and you want to cite it in a presentation or research paper. Here’s how to do it in BMJ

It is becoming more and more common to reference podcasts in essays or other school work.
Here’s how to reference a podcast it in BMJ.
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Lastname F. Title. 2000.http://www.example.com (accessed 4 Oct. 2022).
Podcast referencing example in BMJ using “This American Life” episode 640:
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This American Life. 640: Five Women. 2018.https://thisamericanlife.org/640/five-women (accessed 4 Oct. 2022).
And an in-text citation would look like this: [1]

How to cite a piece of music or a song using BMJ referencing style?

You might be listening to a song or lyrics from a song you want to cite in an essay or presentation. This is how to easily cite a song in BMJ

An example song citation in BMJ.
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Lastname F. Song Title. 2000. http://www.example.com (accessed 4 Oct. 2022).
Let‘s say we want to reference “Here Comes the Sun” off The Beatles “Abbey Road” album in BMJ:
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The Beatles. Here Comes the Sun. 1969. https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/here-comes-the-sun/401186200?i=401187150 (accessed 4 Oct. 2022).
And an in-text citation would look like this: [1]


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