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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Goldston D (2008) US election: Not the best advice. Nature 455: 453.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Altshuler JS, Altshuler D (2004) Organizational challenges in clinical genomic research. Nature 429: 478–481.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Ginsberg NS, Garner SR, Hau LV (2007) Coherent control of optical information with matter wave dynamics. Nature 445: 623–626.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Hsu PP, Kang SA, Rameseder J, Zhang Y, Ottina KA, Lim D, Peterson TR, Choi Y, Gray NS, Yaffe MB, et al. (2011) The mTOR-regulated phosphoproteome reveals a mechanism of mTORC1-mediated inhibition of growth factor signaling. Science 332: 1317–1322.

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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McPhee P (2012) A Companion to the French Revolution. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford.
An edited book
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Tubaro P (2014) Against the Hypothesis of the End of Privacy: An Agent-Based Modelling Approach to Social Media. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
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Maris C, Jacobs F (2012) Hobbes, Locke, and Spinoza. In Maris CW, Jacobs FCLM (eds.), Law, Order and Freedom: A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy pp 111–138. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.

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, Meet the World’s Grumpiest Frog, Last updated September 11, 2014, Accessed on September 11, 2014.

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 (1991) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Medium Range System Components Do Not Fit. 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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Milner M (2009) An evaluation of the influence of case method instruction on the reflective thinking of MSW students.

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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Eligon J (2017) For Some in Charlottesville, Statue Dispute Distracts From City’s Deep Racial Split. New York Times A10.

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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