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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El-Azab A. Materials science. The statistical mechanics of strain-hardened metals. Science 2008; 320:1729–30.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Picollo A, Pusch M. Chloride/proton antiporter activity of mammalian CLC proteins ClC-4 and ClC-5. Nature 2005; 436:420–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Carbone F, Kwon O-H, Zewail AH. Dynamics of chemical bonding mapped by energy-resolved 4D electron microscopy. Science 2009; 325:181–4.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Clutton-Brock TH, Russell AF, Sharpe LL, Young AJ, Balmforth Z, McIlrath GM. Evolution and development of sex differences in cooperative behavior in meerkats. Science 2002; 297:253–6.

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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Bolstad WM, Curran JM. Introduction to Bayesian Statistics, Third Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2016.
An edited book
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Olawale DO, Okoli OOI, Fontenot RS, Hollerman WA, editors. Triboluminescence: Theory, Synthesis, and Application. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
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Wang L, Sahbi H. Nonlinear Cross-View Sample Enrichment for Action Recognition. In: Agapito L, Bronstein MM, Rother C, editors. Computer Vision - ECCV 2014 Workshops: Zurich, Switzerland, September 6-7 and 12, 2014, Proceedings, Part III. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015. page 47–62.

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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Davis J. Antarctica Is Greening Due To Climate Change [Internet]. IFLScience2017 [cited 2018 Oct 30]; Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/antarctica-is-greening-due-to-climate-change/

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. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act: Information on Planned Changes to State Performance Reporting and Related Challenges. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2016.

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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Chen MS. Emergency shelter for abused and neglected elders A grant proposal project. 2014;

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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M’kay IP. REDEFINING POLITICAL TERMS; Need Seen for New Outlook on the Tariff and Isolation. New York Times1936; :social news books14.

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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