How to format your references using the Current Proteomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Proteomics. 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
Stremlau, M. GE Prize-Winning Essay. Why Old World Monkeys Are Resistant to HIV-1. Science, 2007, 318, 1565–1566.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kitagawa, N.; Ichihara, S. Hearing Visual Motion in Depth. Nature, 2002, 416, 172–174.
A journal article with 3 authors
Messer, H.; Zinevich, A.; Alpert, P. Environmental Monitoring by Wireless Communication Networks. Science, 2006, 312, 713.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Jiang, Y.J.; Aerne, B.L.; Smithers, L.; Haddon, C.; Ish-Horowicz, D.; Lewis, J. Notch Signalling and the Synchronization of the Somite Segmentation Clock. Nature, 2000, 408, 475–479.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Goudon, T. Mathematics for Modeling and Scientific Computing; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
Bot, R.I. Duality in Vector Optimization; Grad, S.-M.; Wanka, G., Eds.; Vector Optimization; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Song, L.; Hu, L. Differential Fault Attack on the PRINCE Block Cipher. In Lightweight Cryptography for Security and Privacy: Second International Workshop, LightSec 2013, Gebze, Turkey, May 6-7, 2013, Revised Selected Papers; Avoine, G.; Kara, O., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013; 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 Proteomics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. New Horizons Is An Old Spacecraft – But It Will Transform Our Knowledge Of Pluto (accessed Oct 30, 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. Federal Funds: Fiscal Year 2001 Expenditures by Selected Organizations Involved in Health-Related Activities; GAO-03-527R; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ogawa, N. A Man Walks into the World. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 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
Wagner, J. Colon, After 3 Seasons With Mets, Agrees to Join Braves. New York Times, 2016, D2.

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 Proteomics
AbbreviationCurr. Proteomics
ISSN (print)1570-1646
ISSN (online)1875-6247
Molecular Biology

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