How to format your references using the Future Virology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Future Virology. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Lam L. From physics to revolution and back. Science. 348(6239), 1170 (2015).
A journal article with 2 authors
Shuster DL, Weiss BP. Martian surface paleotemperatures from thermochronology of meteorites. Science. 309(5734), 594–600 (2005).
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang J, Hannon GJ, Beach DH. Risky immortalization by telomerase. Nature. 405(6788), 755–756 (2000).
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Brooker RA, Du Z, Blundy JD, et al. The “zero charge” partitioning behaviour of noble gases during mantle melting. Nature. 423(6941), 738–741 (2003).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Furger C. Live Cell Assays. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Eberhard P, Juhasz S, editors. IUTAM: A Short History. 2nd ed. 2016. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Hagemann TM, Lewis TV. Iron as a Drug and Drug–Drug Interactions. In: Iron Deficiency and Overload: From Basic Biology to Clinical Medicine. Yehuda S, Mostofsky DI (Eds.), Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, 77–91 (2010).

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 Future Virology.

Blog post
Davis J. Outbreak Of “Super” Gonorrhea In Northern England [Internet]. IFLScience (2015). 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. Best Practices: Elements Critical to Successfully Reducing Unneeded RDT&E Infrastructure. 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
Childers JW. Evaluating parental opinions of healthy snack guidelines for youth soccer. (2017).

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
Walsh MW. Consequences in a Fiscal Plan. New York Times, B1 (2012).

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 titleFuture Virology
AbbreviationFuture Virol.
ISSN (print)1746-0794
ISSN (online)1746-0808

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