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
Gosden, R., 2013. Robert Edwards (1925-2013). Nature 497, 318.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tikku, A.A., Direen, N.G., 2008. Comment on “Major Australian-Antarctic plate reorganization at Hawaiian-Emperor bend time.” Science 321, 490; author reply 490.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wang, K.H., Penmatsa, A., Gouaux, E., 2015. Neurotransmitter and psychostimulant recognition by the dopamine transporter. Nature 521, 322–327.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Sutton, M.D., Briggs, D.E.G., Siveter, David J., Siveter, Derek J., 2005. Silurian brachiopods with soft-tissue preservation. Nature 436, 1013–1015.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Benslama, M., Batatia, H., Messai, A., 2016. Transitions from Digital Communications to Quantum Communications. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Núñez, A.A., 2013. Hybrid Predictive Control for Dynamic Transport Problems, Advances in Industrial Control. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Alexandrino, M.M., Bettiol, R.G., 2015. Polar Foliations, in: Bettiol, R.G. (Ed.), Lie Groups and Geometric Aspects of Isometric Actions. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 109–137.

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
Davis, J., 2017. Great White Sharks Are Being Hunted By Killer Whales In South Africa [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, 2011. Training Necessary to Address Data Reliability Issues in NASA Agreement Database and to Minimize Potential Competition with Commercial Sector (No. GAO-11-552R). 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
Jin, H., 2014. Periodic Motions and Bifurcation Tree in a Periodically Excited Duffing Oscillator with Time-delay (Doctoral dissertation). Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL.

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
Brantley, B., 2017. Bright, Brassy and All Bette. New York Times C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gosden, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Gosden, 2013; Tikku and Direen, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Tikku and Direen, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Sutton et al., 2005)

About the journal

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

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