Template:Medical citation needed span

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Do not substitute this template.

The {{medical citation needed span}} template may be used when there is unsourced text that should be attributed to a medical citation. Unlike the template {{medical citation needed}}, this template attaches explicitly to a portion of text, for example one or more specific sentences, by surrounding the text with the template. This is especially useful for flagging a block of multiple facts or multiple sentences as needing citation, and for singling out a specific fact that is unsourced among many sourced ones.

Avoid use for multiple paragraphs or around a list without closing and opening each template around each paragraph or list item. This kind of use causes linting errors and may disrupt the page display. An alternative with multiple paragraphs is {{Medical citations needed|section}}.

Once a citation is added, please remove this template from the surrounded text.

{{medical citation needed span|date=March 2021|text=Passage(s) to be sourced to medical citations}}

The date is optional, so the minimal syntax is:

{{medical citation needed span|text=Passage(s) to be sourced}}

Example of usage:

Sourced material. {{medical citation needed span|date=March 2021|text=Passage to be sourced. Another passage to be sourced.}} More sourced material.
Sourced material. Passage to be sourced. Another passage to be sourced.[medical citation needed] More sourced material.

Compare usage of {{Medical citation needed}}:

Sourced material. Passage to be sourced.{{Medical citation needed}} Another passage to be sourced.{{Medical citation needed}} More sourced material.
Sourced material. Passage to be sourced.[medical citation needed] Another passage to be sourced.[medical citation needed] More sourced material.


There are three parameters to the template:

The unreferenced content that needs a citation.
The date in the form March 2021. If omitted, AnomieBOT will add it if there are no new edits for a few minutes.
The reason for the citation request. If omitted, "This claim needs references to reliable medical sources." will be used. This text is shown as a tooltip.


This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly parameter usage report for this template.

TemplateData for Medical citation needed span

Marks a specific piece of text as needing a citation.

Template parameters

This template prefers inline formatting of parameters.

Parameter Description Type Status
Text text 1

The biomedical claim needing a citation

Auto value
Content required
Date date

Month and year the tag was added

June 2015
Auto value
Date suggested
Reason? reason

Reason the text needs a citation; shown in a tooltip

This claim needs references to reliable medical sources.
String suggested

Categorization of articles

Adding this template to an article places the article into Category:All articles with unsourced statements, Category:Articles with unsourced statements, and/or dated subcategories thereof.

See also

Policies, guidelines, essays, and WikiProjects


  • Vickers, Tim and Eubulides (30 June 2008). "Dispatches: Sources in biology and medicine"". The Wikipedia Signpost.
  • Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources (medicine)
  • Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources (science)
  • Wikipedia:Reliable source examples § Physical sciences and medicine
  • Wikipedia:Current science and technology sources
  • Wikipedia:Conflicts of interest (medicine)
  • Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Medicine-related articles
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine


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