How to format your references using the Annual Review of Microbiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Microbiology. 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
Pi-Sunyer X. 2003. A clinical view of the obesity problem. Science. 299(5608):859–60
A journal article with 2 authors
Wickens M, Kwak JE. 2008. Molecular biology. A tail tale for U. Science. 319(5868):1344–45
A journal article with 3 authors
Pál C, Papp B, Hurst LD. 2003. Genomic function: Rate of evolution and gene dispensability. Nature. 421(6922):496–97; discussion 497-8
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Shemansky DE, Stewart AIF, West RA, Esposito LW, Hallett JT, Liu X. 2005. The Cassini UVIS stellar probe of the Titan atmosphere. Science. 308(5724):978–82

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Alsop A. 2013. Continuing Professional Development in Health and Social Care. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Taylor E, McMillan A, eds. 2014. Air Quality Management: Canadian Perspectives on a Global Issue. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. XII, 408 p. 208 illus., 149 illus. in color p.
A chapter in an edited book
Garcia-Molina H. 2008. Flexible Recommendations in CourseRank. In On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2008: OTM 2008 Confederated International Conferences, CoopIS, DOA, GADA, IS, and ODBASE 2008, Monterrey, Mexico, November 9-14, 2008, Proceedings, Part I, ed R Meersman, Z Tari, pp. 7–7. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer

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 Annual Review of Microbiology.

Blog post
Fang J. 2014. Dating The Moon. IFLScience.


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. 2013. Broadcast and Cable Television: Requirements for Identifying Sponsored Programming Should Be Clarified. GAO-13-237, 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
Mann KM. 2012. Evaluation of Transfer Technologies to Preserve Shoulder Function in SCI. Doctoral dissertation thesis. University of South Florida

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
Oestreich JR. 2017. Grand and Beloved (Sometimes Hated). New York Times, Oct. 3, p. C3

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (2).
This sentence cites two references (2, 4).
This sentence cites four references (4, 5, 7, 8).

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnual Review of Microbiology
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Microbiol.
ISSN (print)0066-4227
ISSN (online)1545-3251

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