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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Weinberg DH (2005) Astronomy. Mapping the large-scale structure of the universe. Science 309: 564–565.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Petersen CP, Reddien PW (2011) Polarized notum activation at wounds inhibits Wnt function to promote planarian head regeneration. Science 332: 852–855.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Meng F, McGrath KP, Hoveyda AH (2014) Multifunctional organoboron compounds for scalable natural product synthesis. Nature 513: 367–374.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Scott FL, Stec B, Pop C, Dobaczewska MK, Lee JJ, Monosov E, Robinson H, Salvesen GS, Schwarzenbacher R, Riedl SJ (2009) The Fas-FADD death domain complex structure unravels signalling by receptor clustering. Nature 457: 1019–1022.

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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Bourlès H (2013) Linear Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
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Noguera P, Pierce J, Ahram R, eds. (2016) Race, Equity, and Education: Sixty Years from Brown. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
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Hwang LC, Hohlbein J, Holden SJ, Kapanidis AN (2009) Single-Molecule FRET: Methods and Biological Applications. In Hinterdorfer P, Oijen A (eds.), Handbook of Single-Molecule Biophysics pp 129–163. Springer US, New York, NY.

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, Alaskan Bears And Wolves In Wildlife Refuges To Be Hunted Again After Republican Vote, Last updated February 20, 2017, Accessed on February 20, 2017.

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 (1988) Leasing Office Space: FAA’s Denver Solicitation May Have Unduly Restricted Competition. 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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Gjelaj Merturi E (2010) The Perceptions of Principal-Based Leadership Practices on Student Reading Achievement.

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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Rothenberg B (2017) Looking for a Favorite, and Falling Short. New York Times D1.

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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