How to format your references using the Archives of Virology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Archives of Virology. 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
Marx V (2013) Tracking metastasis and tricking cancer. Nature 494:133–136
A journal article with 2 authors
Rick TC, Erlandson JM (2009) Anthropology. Coastal exploitation. Science 325:952–953
A journal article with 3 authors
Linnartz H, Verdes D, Maier JP (2002) Rotationally resolved infrared spectrum of the charge transfer complex [Ar-N2]+. Science 297:1166–1167
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Yang K, Liu Y, Liu Z, et al (2013) p38γ overexpression in gliomas and its role in proliferation and apoptosis. Sci Rep 3:2089

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lehto J, Hou X (2010) Chemistry and Analysis of Radionuclides. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Espinosa J (2005) Fuzzy Logic, Identification and Predictive Control. Springer, London
A chapter in an edited book
Haque MS (2014) Reinventing Public Governance in Singapore: Major Reform Premises, Initiatives, and Consequences. In: Mudacumura G, Morçöl G (eds) Challenges to Democratic Governance in Developing Countries. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 73–92

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 Archives of Virology.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Yellowstone Earthquakes Reveal A Volcanic System Six Times Bigger Than We Thought. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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) Legality of a Proposal for Transfer of Child Abuse and Neglect Research and Development Funds. 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
Horton CR (2013) Financial crisis within the nonprofit sector. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University

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
Gustines GG (2016) Tapping ’70s TV to Expand a Comic Book Lineup. New York Times B2

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleArchives of Virology
AbbreviationArch. Virol.
ISSN (print)0304-8608
ISSN (online)1432-8798
General Medicine

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