How to format your references using the Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A. 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
Baldauf SL. The deep roots of eukaryotes. Science. 2003;300(5626):1703-1706.
A journal article with 2 authors
Polyak VJ, Asmerom Y. Late Holocene climate and cultural changes in the southwestern United States. Science. 2001;294(5540):148-151.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ince DC, Hatton L, Graham-Cumming J. The case for open computer programs. Nature. 2012;482(7386):485-488.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Xu Y, Reid MJ, Zheng XW, Menten KM. The distance to the Perseus spiral arm in the Milky Way. Science. 2006;311(5757):54-57.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Chateigner D. Combined Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
Zalesny R, Papadopoulos MG, Mezey PG, Leszczynski J, eds. Linear-Scaling Techniques in Computational Chemistry and Physics: Methods and Applications. Vol 13. Springer Netherlands; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Oue H, Limin SG. Local-Level Water Conservation Assessment in the Upstream Watershed Based on Land-Use Scenarios. In: Nakagami K, Kubota J, Setiawan BI, eds. Sustainable Water Management: New Perspectives, Design, and Practices. Springer; 2016:53-64.

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 Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A.

Blog post
Andrew E. New Dog Robot Can Run and Climb Just Like The Real Thing. 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. Review of the Emergency School Assistance Program Community Grants Awarded to the Nashville Urban League by the Office of Education, HEW. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1972.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Warren PD. Characterizing Polymers for Cardiovascular Devices. Doctoral dissertation. University of Arizona; 2012.

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
Saslow L. Jones Beach Tower Set for Restoration. New York Times. May 18, 2008:LI11.

In-text citations

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

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 titleConcepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A
AbbreviationConcepts Magn. Reson. Part A Bridg. Educ. Res.
ISSN (print)1546-6086
ISSN (online)1552-5023

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