How to format your references using the Ageing Research Reviews citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Ageing Research Reviews. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
Barabási, A.-L., 2005. The origin of bursts and heavy tails in human dynamics. Nature 435, 207–211.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bandyopadhyay, P.R., Hansen, J.C., 2013. Breakup and then makeup: a predictive model of how cilia self-regulate hardness for posture control. Sci. Rep. 3, 1956.
A journal article with 3 authors
Miyazawa, A., Fujiyoshi, Y., Unwin, N., 2003. Structure and gating mechanism of the acetylcholine receptor pore. Nature 423, 949–955.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Losev, E., Reinke, C.A., Jellen, J., Strongin, D.E., Bevis, B.J., Glick, B.S., 2006. Golgi maturation visualized in living yeast. Nature 441, 1002–1006.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
Liu, S., Liu, Y., 2011. Modeling and Simulation for Microelectronic Packaging Assembly. John Wiley & Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd, Singapore.
An edited book
Solaro, R.J., Tardiff, J.C. (Eds.), 2013. Biophysics of the Failing Heart: Physics and Biology of Heart Muscle, Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Christofferson, M.S., 2016. “The Best Help I Could Find to Understand Our Present”: François Furet’s Antirevolutionary Reading of Tocqueville’s Democracy in America, in: Sawyer, S.W., Stewart, I. (Eds.), In Search of the Liberal Moment: Democracy, Anti-Totalitarianism, and Intellectual Politics in France since 1950. Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, pp. 85–109.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Ageing Research Reviews.

Blog post
Hamilton, K., 2017. Cheerios’ Attempt To Save Bees Backfired Massively [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, 1982. Analysis of NASA’s Fiscal Year 1983 Budget Request for Research and Development To Determine the Amount That Supports DOD’s Programs (No. MASAD-82-33). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Williams, C., 2013. It’s not a beauty pageant!: An examination of leadership development through Alaska native pageants (Doctoral dissertation). University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
Dackman, L., 2006. When You Wish Upon a Saint, Watch What You Ask For. New York Times ST9.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Barabási, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Bandyopadhyay and Hansen, 2013; Barabási, 2005).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Bandyopadhyay and Hansen, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Losev et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleAgeing Research Reviews
AbbreviationAgeing Res. Rev.
ISSN (print)1568-1637
Molecular Biology

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