How to format your references using the Expert Review of Proteomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Expert Review of 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.
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
Brown BR. Neurophysiology: Sensing temperature without ion channels. Nature. 2003;421:495.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hoffmann DE, Rothenberg KH. Science and law. When should judges admit or compel genetic tests? Science. 2005;310:241–242.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yeung LY, Ash JL, Young ED. Isotope geochemistry. Biological signatures in clumped isotopes of O₂. Science. 2015;348:431–434.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Garcia-Mira MM, Sadqi M, Fischer N, et al. Experimental identification of downhill protein folding. Science. 2002;298:2191–2195.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pardoux É. Markov Processes and Applications: Algorithms, Networks, Genome and Finance. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2008.
An edited book
Chahl JS, Jain LC, Mizutani A, et al., editors. Innovations in Intelligent Machines - 1. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
Kensche D, Quix C, Chatti MA, et al. GeRoMe: A Generic Role Based Metamodel for Model Management. In: Spaccapietra S, Atzeni P, Fages F, et al., editors. Journal on Data Semantics VIII. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007. p. 82–117.

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 Expert Review of Proteomics.

Blog post
Davis J. Chickens Might Be Far More Intelligent Than We Give Them Credit For [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2017 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. Space Shuttle: Human Capital and Safety Upgrade Challenges Require Continued Attention. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2000. Report No.: NSIAD/GGD-00-186. .

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Mishne J. An investigation of the relationships between technology use and teachers’ self-efficacy, knowledge and experience [Doctoral dissertation]. [Malibu, CA]: Pepperdine 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
Zauzmer B. Who Will Win Best Song? Popularity Helps. New York Times. 2017 Feb 21;AR27.

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 titleExpert Review of Proteomics
AbbreviationExpert Rev. Proteomics
ISSN (print)1478-9450
ISSN (online)1744-8387
Molecular Biology

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