How to format your references using the Matrix Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Matrix Biology. 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
T. Zhang, ARTIFICIAL PHOTOSYNTHESIS. More efficient together, Science. 350 (2015) 738–739.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Clausen, A.B. Smith, Palaeoanatomy and biological affinities of a Cambrian deuterostome (Stylophora), Nature. 438 (2005) 351–354.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Barna, P.P. Pandolfi, L. Niswander, Gli3 and Plzf cooperate in proximal limb patterning at early stages of limb development, Nature. 436 (2005) 277–281.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D.C. Jones, M.N. Wein, M. Oukka, J.G. Hofstaetter, M.J. Glimcher, L.H. Glimcher, Regulation of adult bone mass by the zinc finger adapter protein Schnurri-3, Science. 312 (2006) 1223–1227.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geotechni, K. Laackmann, H. Balthaus, O. Braach, W.-D. Friebel, A. Hettler, B. Maidl, M. Meissner, W. Schuck, S. Schwaiger, D. Stephan, M. Thewes, B. Wittke-Schmitt, Taschenbuch für den Tunnelbau 2015, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2015.
An edited book
Z.D. Hórvölgyi, É. Kiss, eds., Colloids for Nano- and Biotechnology, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
W. Han, L. Di, P. Zhao, Y. Wei, X. Li, Design and Implementation of GeoBrain Online Analysis System (GeOnAS), in: M. Bertolotto, C. Ray, X. Li (Eds.), Web and Wireless Geographical Information Systems: 8th International Symposium, W2GIS 2008, Shanghai, China, December 11-12, 2008. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008: pp. 27–36.

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 Matrix Biology.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Armored Dinosaurs Used “Krazy Straw” Nasal Passages To Cool Their Blood, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Legality of a Proposal for Transfer of Child Abuse and Neglect Research and Development Funds, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
P.H. Manso, Teacher Evaluation: A Qualitative Study on Growth-Producing Practices in K-8 Schools, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
G. Vecsey, Nation of Individuals Sees Tennis Identity Fade, New York Times. (2010) B13.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleMatrix Biology
AbbreviationMatrix Biol.
ISSN (print)0945-053X
ScopeMolecular Biology

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