How to format your references using the Matrix Biology Plus citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Matrix Biology Plus. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
P. Smaglik, Job movements, Nature. 433 (2005) 901.
A journal article with 2 authors
L.C. Sime, E.W. Wolff, Antarctic accumulation seasonality, Nature. 479 (2011) E1-2; author reply E2-4.
A journal article with 3 authors
G. Kuhn, M. Hijri, I.R. Sanders, Evidence for the evolution of multiple genomes in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, Nature. 414 (2001) 745–748.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Nakatsuji, Y. Nambu, H. Tonomura, O. Sakai, S. Jonas, C. Broholm, H. Tsunetsugu, Y. Qiu, Y. Maeno, Spin disorder on a triangular lattice, Science. 309 (2005) 1697–1700.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T.C. Jepsen, Distributed Storage Networks, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, West Sussex, England, 2003.
An edited book
Y. Fang, Fuzzy Portfolio Optimization: Theory and Methods, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
J.H. Siddiqui, S. Khurshid, An Empirical Study of Structural Constraint Solving Techniques, in: K. Breitman, A. Cavalcanti (Eds.), Formal Methods and Software Engineering: 11th International Conference on Formal Engineering Methods ICFEM 2009, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, December 9-12, 2009. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 88–106.

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 Plus.

Blog post
E. Andrew, From Comet Chasing To Gravity Waves: 2014 In Six Science Stories, 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, Transportation Infrastructure: Information on Bridge Conditions, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.R. Monteiro, An experimental study of corrective feedback on synchronous oral computer-mediated communication, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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
B. Kenigsberg, In Pursuit of a Social Media Mirage, New York Times. (2017) C10.

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 Plus
ISSN (print)2590-0285

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