How to format your references using the Cytokine citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cytokine. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
R.R. Breaker, Complex riboswitches, Science. 319 (2008) 1795–1797.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.J. Todd, R. Marois, Capacity limit of visual short-term memory in human posterior parietal cortex, Nature. 428 (2004) 751–754.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Hasty, D. McMillen, J.J. Collins, Engineered gene circuits, Nature. 420 (2002) 224–230.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.F. Hughes, H. Skaletsky, T. Pyntikova, P.J. Minx, T. Graves, S. Rozen, R.K. Wilson, D.C. Page, Conservation of Y-linked genes during human evolution revealed by comparative sequencing in chimpanzee, Nature. 437 (2005) 100–103.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. Bisswanger, Enzymkinetik, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG, 2005.
An edited book
R.C. Surdam, ed., Geological CO2 Storage Characterization: The Key to Deploying Clean Fossil Energy Technology, Springer, New York, NY, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
T. Bucher, R. Winter, Taxonomy of Business Process Management Approaches, in: J. vom Brocke, M. Rosemann (Eds.), Handbook on Business Process Management 2: Strategic Alignment, Governance, People and Culture, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 93–114.

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 Cytokine.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Ebola Outbreak: Where We Are Now And What Happens Next, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 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, Applying Agreed-Upon Procedures: Airport and Airway Trust Fund Excise Taxes, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.C. French, A Case against E-Waste: Where One Country’s Trash is (Not) Another Country’s Treasure: Developing National E-Waste Legislation to Regulate E-Waste Exportation, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 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
D. Itzkoff, M. Bai, B. Levin, J. Hodgman, H. Reeves, M. Newton, D. Sax, M. Hanel, G. Hanlon, D. Sax, W. Shortz, H. Havrilesky, T. Cowen, G. Clinton, L. Skurnick, J. Kelly, The One Page Magazine, New York Times. (2012) MM9.

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 titleCytokine
ISSN (print)1043-4666
Molecular Biology
Immunology and Allergy

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