How to format your references using the Current Microbiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current 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.
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
Smaglik P (2000) Varmus tells Congress to grasp thorny policy issues. Nature 404:530
A journal article with 2 authors
Luzzatto L, Notaro R (2001) Malaria. Protecting against bad air. Science 293:442–443
A journal article with 3 authors
Ehebauer M, Hayward P, Arias AM (2006) Notch, a universal arbiter of cell fate decisions. Science 314:1414–1415
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Tang Y, Shi J, Li S, et al (2014) Microfluidic device with integrated microfilter of conical-shaped holes for high efficiency and high purity capture of circulating tumor cells. Sci Rep 4:6052

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown SR, Gregory WM, Twelves C, Brown J (2014) A Practical Guide to Designing Phase II Trials in Oncology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Khare M (2007) Artificial Neural Networks in Vehicular Pollution Modelling. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Duit RH, Treagust DF (2012) Conceptual Change: Still a Powerful Framework for Improving the Practice of Science Instruction. In: Tan KCD, Kim M (eds) Issues and Challenges in Science Education Research: Moving Forward. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 43–54

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 Current Microbiology.

Blog post
Andrew D (2016) Can We Predict Who Will Become Mass Shooters? 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 (1977) Energy Research and Development Administration’s Accounting System for Accounts Receivable. 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
Zhang G (2010) Roles of serotonin 2A receptor in a serotonin syndrome. Doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic 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
St. John Kelly E (1998) Hasidic Housing a Letdown. New York Times 147

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 titleCurrent Microbiology
AbbreviationCurr. Microbiol.
ISSN (print)0343-8651
ISSN (online)1432-0991
ScopeApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
General Medicine

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