How to format your references using the Automated Experimentation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Automated Experimentation. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
1. Mirkin SM. Expandable DNA repeats and human disease. Nature. 2007;447:932–40.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Kalcheim C, Rohrer H. Neuroscience. Following the same nerve track toward different cell fates. Science. 2014;345:32–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Qian L, Winfree E, Bruck J. Neural network computation with DNA strand displacement cascades. Nature. 2011;475:368–72.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Schulze E-D, Mollicone D, Achard F, Matteucci G, Federici S, Eva HD, et al. Climate change. Making deforestation pay under the Kyoto Protocol? Science. 2003;299:1669.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Korhonen J, Savolainen T, Soininen J. Deploying IPv6 in 3GPP Networks. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2013.
An edited book
1. Kounine L, Ostling M, editors. Emotions in the History of Witchcraft. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Harper BWJ, van Holst M, Aldrich-Wright J. Platinum(II) Intercalating Complexes Based on 2,2′:6′,2″-Terpyridine. In: Aldrich-Wright J, editor. Metallointercalators: Synthesis and Techniques to Probe Their Interactions with Biomolecules. Vienna: Springer; 2011. p. 101–28.

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 Automated Experimentation.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. From Poison To Legalization, Can The Rhino Poaching Crisis Ever Be Solved? IFLScience. 2015.

Reports

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Head Start: Comprehensive Approach to Identifying and Addressing Risks Could Help Prevent Grantee Financial Management Weaknesses. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Paulone S. Mergers and Acquisitions: Examining Managerial Strategy Connection to Post Transaction Accounting Measures. Doctoral dissertation. Northcentral University; 2013.

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
1. Goldstein M, Protess B. S.E.C. Chairman Expected to Name Two to Key Enforcement Positions. New York Times. 2017;: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 titleAutomated Experimentation
ISSN (print)1759-4499
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