How to format your references using the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education (JMBE). 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
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Segal HP. 2001. Back to the future from 1888. Nature 409:563.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Morrison SJ, Scadden DT. 2014. The bone marrow niche for haematopoietic stem cells. Nature 505:327–334.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Fay JC, Wyckoff GJ, Wu C-I. 2002. Testing the neutral theory of molecular evolution with genomic data from Drosophila. Nature 415:1024–1026.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Huang LR, Cox EC, Austin RH, Sturm JC. 2004. Continuous particle separation through deterministic lateral displacement. Science 304:987–990.

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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Hopkins BR. 2015. The Law of Tax-Exempt Organizations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
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2012. Magnetic Particle Imaging: A Novel SPIO Nanoparticle Imaging Technique. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
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Azcue P, Muler N. 2014. Optimal Strategies, p. 97–122. In Muler, N (ed.), Stochastic Optimization in Insurance: A Dynamic Programming Approach. Springer, 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 Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.

Blog post
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Fang J. 2015. Polar Bear Shatters Previous Dive Record While Stalking Seals. IFLScience. 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. 1996. Education and Employment Issue Area: Active Assignments. AA-96-13(4). 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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Sarachana T. 2009. Investigation of post-transcriptional gene regulatory networks associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by miRNA expression profiling of lymphoblastoid cell lines. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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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Greenhouse L. 2007. Court to Weigh Disparities in Cocaine Laws. New York Times.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 titleJournal of Microbiology & Biology Education
AbbreviationJ. Microbiol. Biol. Educ.
ISSN (print)1935-7877
ISSN (online)1935-7885
Scope

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