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
Marek, I. Chemistry. The Basics of Zinc Activation. Science, 2009, 326, 673–674.
A journal article with 2 authors
Steinle, A.; Cerwenka, A. Immunology. MULT1plying Cancer Immunity. Science, 2015, 348, 45–46.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chien, K.R.; Domian, I.J.; Parker, K.K. Cardiogenesis and the Complex Biology of Regenerative Cardiovascular Medicine. Science, 2008, 322, 1494–1497.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Moreau, C.S.; Bell, C.D.; Vila, R.; Archibald, S.B.; Pierce, N.E. Phylogeny of the Ants: Diversification in the Age of Angiosperms. Science, 2006, 312, 101–104.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kill, R. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety; Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK, 2012.
An edited book
Dörfler, P. Flow-Induced Pulsation and Vibration in Hydroelectric Machinery: Engineer’s Guidebook for Planning, Design and Troubleshooting; Sick, M.; Coutu, A., Eds.; Springer: London, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Enslin, P.; Tjiattas, M. Democratic Inclusion and Lifelong Learning in a Globalising World. In Second International Handbook of Lifelong Learning; Aspin, D.N.; Chapman, J.; Evans, K.; Bagnall, R., Eds.; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2012; pp. 77–90.

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
Fang, J. X-rays Reveal Text on Scorched Herculaneum Scrolls (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. Embedded Computer Systems: C-17 Software Development Problems; T-IMTEC-92-4; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Layne, L.L. Military Leadership: Encouraging Enlisted Personnel to Participate in Continuing Education. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix: Phoenix, AZ, 2008.

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. Patchwork Mets Give Their Playoff Hopes a Boost. New York Times, 2016, B11.

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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