Box 74Options for author names

The following formats are not NLM practice for citing authors, but are acceptable options.

  • Full first names of authors may be given. Separate the surname from the given name or initials by a comma; follow initials with a period; separate successive names by a semicolon and a space.
    • Takagi, Yasushi; Harada, Jun; Chiarugi, Alberto M.; Moskowitz, Michael A.
    • Mann, Frederick D.; Swartz, Mary N.; Little, R.T.
  • If space is a consideration, the number of authors may be limited to a specific number, such as the first three authors. Follow the last named author by a comma and "et al." or "and others."
    • Rastan S, Hough T, Kierman A, et al.
    • Adler DG, Baron TH, Davila RE, and others.

From: Chapter 2, Books

Cover of Citing Medicine
Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers [Internet]. 2nd edition.
Patrias K, author; Wendling D, editor.
Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2007-.

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