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
Bohannon, J., 2007. Happy 300th Birthday, Linnaeus. Science 318, 752.
A journal article with 2 authors
Eichelkraut, T., Szameit, A., 2015. Photonics: Random sudoku light. Nature 526, 643–644.
A journal article with 3 authors
Garofalo, S., Maier, M.E., di Pellegrino, G., 2014. Mediofrontal negativity signals unexpected omission of aversive events. Sci. Rep. 4, 4816.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Liu, Z., Sun, C., Olejniczak, E.T., Meadows, R.P., Betz, S.F., Oost, T., Herrmann, J., Wu, J.C., Fesik, S.W., 2000. Structural basis for binding of Smac/DIABLO to the XIAP BIR3 domain. Nature 408, 1004–1008.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Blevins, R.D., 2015. Formulas for Dynamics, Acoustics and Vibration. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Ito, T., Hattori, H., Zhang, M., Matsuo, T. (Eds.), 2008. Rational, Robust, and Secure Negotiations in Multi-Agent Systems, Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Wójtowicz, D., Tiuryn, J., 2006. On Genome Evolution with Accumulated Change and Innovation, in: Bourque, G., El-Mabrouk, N. (Eds.), Comparative Genomics: RECOMB 2006 International Workshop, RCG 2006 Montreal, Canada, September 24-26, 2006 Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 39–50.

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
Hale, T., 2016. Watch Tuffy The Bear Jump For Joy After Being Rescued From A Bile Farm [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, 1978. Administration for Children, Youth, and Families: Need To Better Use Its Research Results and Clarify Its Role (No. HRD-77-76). 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
Gu, J., 2010. Measurement, modeling, and synthesis of time-varying appearance of natural phenomena (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
Williams, J., 2017. Robert Caro Nears End Of Research on L.B.J. New York Times C3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bohannon, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Bohannon, 2007; Eichelkraut and Szameit, 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Eichelkraut and Szameit, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Liu et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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