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
Ransohoff, R.M. Physiology. Good Barriers Make Good Neighbors. Science, 2014, 346, 36–37.
A journal article with 2 authors
Lemons, D.; McGinnis, W. Genomic Evolution of Hox Gene Clusters. Science, 2006, 313, 1918–1922.
A journal article with 3 authors
Levine, D.I.; Toffel, M.W.; Johnson, M.S. Randomized Government Safety Inspections Reduce Worker Injuries with No Detectable Job Loss. Science, 2012, 336, 907–911.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Atwal, J.K.; Pinkston-Gosse, J.; Syken, J.; Stawicki, S.; Wu, Y.; Shatz, C.; Tessier-Lavigne, M. PirB Is a Functional Receptor for Myelin Inhibitors of Axonal Regeneration. Science, 2008, 322, 967–970.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Abdel-aleem, S. The Design and Management of Medical Device Clinical Trials; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
Alien Reptiles and Amphibians: A Scientific Compendium and Analysis; Kraus, F., Ed.; Invading Nature - Springer Series In Invasion Ecology; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2009; Vol. 4.
A chapter in an edited book
Langbein, J. The Transnationalization of Change in Economic Institutions: The Case of Industrial Standards Regulations in Ukraine. In The Transnationalization of Economies, States, and Civil Societies: New Challenges for Governance in Europe; Bruszt, L.; Holzhacker, R., Eds.; Springer US: New York, NY, 2009; pp. 107–133.

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, D. World Set For Hottest Year On Record: World Meteorological Organization (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. Propriety of Payment of Transportation and Travel Expenses; B-178790; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ponder, S. Parent Information Nights: An Elementary School Principal’s Search to Increase Parent Input and Affect the Learning-at-Home Environment. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University: St. Charles, MO, 2010.

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
Murphy, M.J.O. The Rise of Modigliani’s Profile, and the Asking Prices for His Works. New York Times, 2015, C36.

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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