How to format your references using the mAbs citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for mAbs. 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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Laughlin RB. Physics. The cup of the hand. Science 2004; 303:1475–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
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O’Keefe FR, Chiappe LM. Viviparity and K-selected life history in a Mesozoic marine plesiosaur (Reptilia, Sauropterygia). Science 2011; 333:870–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Holland RA, Wikelski M, Wilcove DS. How and why do insects migrate? Science 2006; 313:794–6.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Hu Y-L, Lu S, Szeto KW, Sun J, Wang Y, Lasheras JC, Chien S. FAK and paxillin dynamics at focal adhesions in the protrusions of migrating cells. Sci Rep 2014; 4:6024.

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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The American Ceramic Society. Progress in Nanotechnology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2009.
An edited book
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Fisenko AI. Black-body Radiative, Thermodynamic, and Chromatic Functions: Tables in Finite Spectral Ranges. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
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Auwerx J. Belgium. In: Kilpatrick B, Kobel P, Këllezi P, editors. Compatibility of Transactional Resolutions of Antitrust Proceedings with Due Process and Fundamental Rights & Online Exhaustion of IP Rights. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016. page 103–34.

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 mAbs.

Blog post
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Hale T. Facebook To Use Artificial Intelligence To Spot Suicidal Users [Internet]. IFLScience2017 [cited 2018 Oct 30]; Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/technology/facebook-to-use-artificial-intelligence-to-spot-suicidal-users-/

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. Motor Carrier Safety: Commercial Vehicle Registration Program Has Kept Unsafe Carriers from Operating, but Effectiveness Is Difficult to Measure. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2009.

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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Marcheschi RL. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding individuals with epilepsy by marriage and family therapists and social workers. 2010;

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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This story was reported by C.J. Chivers, Arvedlund EE, Kishkovsky S, Chivers W by M. Editor’s Death Raises Questions About Change in Russia. New York Times2004; :13.

In-text citations

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

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 titlemAbs
AbbreviationMAbs
ISSN (print)1942-0862
ISSN (online)1942-0870
ScopeImmunology
Immunology and Allergy

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