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
Kurita, N. Climate Change. Dancing to the Tune of the Glacial Cycles. Science, 2012, 336, 1242–1243.
A journal article with 2 authors
Stark, J.M.; Hart, S.C. Nitrogen Storage: UV-B Radiation and Soil Microbial Communities. Nature, 2003, 423, 137–138; discussion 138.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brown, T.; Sibbett, W.; Wright, E.M. Laser Physics. Getting to Grips with Light. Science, 2001, 293, 1265–1267.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lee, Y.-P.; Wu, Y.-J.; Lees, R.M.; Xu, L.-H.; Hougen, J.T. Internal Rotation and Spin Conversion of CH3OH in Solid Para-Hydrogen. Science, 2006, 311, 365–368.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Epstein, M. The Elements of Continuum Biomechanics; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval: Semantics, Context, and Adaptation: 10th International Workshop, AMR 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 24-25, 2012, Revised Selected Papers; Nürnberger, A.; Stober, S.; Larsen, B.; Detyniecki, M., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2014; Vol. 8382.
A chapter in an edited book
Renna, P.; Argoneto, P. Models for Coalition Management. In Innovative Tools for Business Coalitions in B2B Applications: How Negotiation, Auction and Game Theory Can Support Small- and Medium-sized Business in E-business; Renna, P., Ed.; Springer: London, 2011; pp. 83–98.

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. “Artificial Leaf” Reaches Best Level Of Solar Energy Efficiency Yet (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. Education Research: Education Should Improve Assessments of R&D Centers, Regional Labs, and Comprehensive Centers; GAO-02-190; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Stevens, J.W. Perception of Counselor Ethical Behavior: A Quantitative Look at Dual Relationships in Maine. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University: Minneapolis, MN, 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
Leland, J. New Rock Stars of Chess Riff, With a Whiff of Cold War Intrigue. New York Times, 2016, A1.

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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