How to format your references using the Journal of Virological Methods citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Virological Methods. 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
Jain, R.K., 2005. Normalization of tumor vasculature: an emerging concept in antiangiogenic therapy. Science 307, 58–62.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kedar, S., Webb, F.H., 2005. Ocean science. The ocean’s seismic hum. Science 307, 682–683.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sparrow, B., Liu, J., Wegner, D.M., 2011. Google effects on memory: cognitive consequences of having information at our fingertips. Science 333, 776–778.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Andersen, J.B., Rourke, B.C., Caiozzo, V.J., Bennett, A.F., Hicks, J.W., 2005. Physiology: postprandial cardiac hypertrophy in pythons. Nature 434, 37–38.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson, D., 2007. TKO Sales! John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Kandampully, J. (Ed.), 2012. Service Management: The New Paradigm in Retailing. Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
Núñez, H., Angulo, C., Català, A., 2008. Rule Extraction Based on Support and Prototype Vectors, in: Diederich, J. (Ed.), Rule Extraction from Support Vector Machines, Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 109–134.

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 Virological Methods.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Fossil Collecting Should Be For Everyone – Not Just Academics [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2012. Maritime Security: Progress and Challenges 10 Years after the Maritime Transportation Security Act (No. GAO-12-1009T). 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
Campbell, A.J., 2012. History transformed: Sengoku Daimyo in Japanese popular media (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2006. Justices to Say When Police Can Enter Private Home. New York Times A12.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Jain, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Jain, 2005; Kedar and Webb, 2005).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Kedar and Webb, 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Andersen et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Virological Methods
AbbreviationJ. Virol. Methods
ISSN (print)0166-0934

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