How to format your references using the EMBO reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for EMBO reports. 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
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Horton B (2000) Georgia realizes the commercial potential of science. Nature 404: 794.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Leitch AR, Leitch IJ (2008) Genomic plasticity and the diversity of polyploid plants. Science 320: 481–483.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Brooks-Pollock E, Roberts GO, Keeling MJ (2014) A dynamic model of bovine tuberculosis spread and control in Great Britain. Nature 511: 228–231.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Sarkar AK, Luijten M, Miyashima S, Lenhard M, Hashimoto T, Nakajima K, Scheres B, Heidstra R, Laux T (2007) Conserved factors regulate signalling in Arabidopsis thaliana shoot and root stem cell organizers. Nature 446: 811–814.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Subramanian MN (2017) Polymer Blends and Composites. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
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Aycik GA, ed. (2009) New Techniques for the Detection of Nuclear and Radioactive Agents. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
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McCluggage WG (2014) Malignant Glandular Lesions of the Cervix. In Tidy J, Smith JHF (eds.), Cellular Pathology of Glandular Lesions and Uncommon Neoplasms of the Cervix pp 71–111. Springer, London.

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 EMBO reports.

Blog post
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IFLScience, Scales, Feathers, and Hair All Evolved From A Common Ancestor, Last updated June 24, 2016, Accessed on June 24, 2016.

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (1980) Wider Use of Better Computer Software Technology Can Improve Management Control and Reduce Costs. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Salie A (2008) Servant-minded leadership and work satisfaction in Islamic organizations: A correlational mixed study.

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
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Rosenbloom S, Billard M (2010) A Night to Ring Up Some Good Will. New York Times E8.

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 titleEMBO reports
AbbreviationEMBO Rep.
ISSN (print)1469-221X
ISSN (online)1469-3178
ScopeBiochemistry
Genetics
Molecular Biology

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