How to format your references using the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology. 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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Logothetis NK. What we can do and what we cannot do with fMRI. Nature 2008;453:869–878.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Chouard T, Gray N. Glia. Nature 2010;468:213.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Viculis LM, Mack JJ, Kaner RB. A chemical route to carbon nanoscrolls. Science 2003;299:1361.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Dettman JR, Sirjusingh C, Kohn LM, Anderson JB. Incipient speciation by divergent adaptation and antagonistic epistasis in yeast. Nature 2007;447:585–588.

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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Lane D. The Chief Information Officer’s Body of Knowledge. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2011.
An edited book
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Dasgupta R (ed). Advances in Growth Curve Models: Topics from the Indian Statistical Institute. New York, NY: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
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Pilon-Smits EAH. Selenium in Plants. In: Lüttge U, Beyschlag W (editors). Progress in Botany: Vol. 76. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015. pp. 93–107.

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 International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

Blog post
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Fang J. How Chameleons Adapted To A Tree-Climbing Lifestyle. IFLScience.

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. Space Station: Update on the Impact of the Expanded Russian Role. NSIAD-94-248; Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 29 July 1994.

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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Marcus J. Voices of survival: Opera in Theresienstadt. Doctoral Dissertation; Florida Atlantic 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
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Hu W. Taking Aim at Sidewalk Scaffolding, That Unwanted Neighbor. New York Times, 6 December 2016, p. A21.

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 titleInternational Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
AbbreviationInt. J. Syst. Evol. Microbiol.
ISSN (print)1466-5026
ISSN (online)1466-5034
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Microbiology
General Medicine

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