How to format your references using the Membranes citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Membranes. 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
Willyard, C. Stem cells: A time to heal. Nature 2013, 503, S4-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
Harrison, S.A.; Tong, F. Decoding reveals the contents of visual working memory in early visual areas. Nature 2009, 458, 632–635.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ohtsuki, H.; Iwasa, Y.; Nowak, M.A. Indirect reciprocity provides only a narrow margin of efficiency for costly punishment. Nature 2009, 457, 79–82.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhou, W.; Chen, X.-J.; Zhang, J.-B.; Li, X.-H.; Wang, Y.-Q.; Goncharov, A.F. Vibrational, electronic and structural properties of wurtzite GaAs nanowires under hydrostatic pressure. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 6472.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Taylor, T.A. Guide to LEED® 2009 Estimating and Preconstruction Strategies; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2010; ISBN 9781118038444.
An edited book
Wang, J.G. Financing without Bank Loans: New Alternatives for Funding SMEs in China; Yang, J., Ed.; Springer: Singapore, 2016; ISBN 9789811009006.
A chapter in an edited book
Shanahan, F. Linking lifestyle with microbiota and risk of chronic inflammatory disorders. In The Hygiene Hypothesis and Darwinian Medicine; Rook, G.A.W., Ed.; Birkhäuser: Basel, 2009; pp. 93–102 ISBN 9783764389024.

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 Membranes.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Modifying Mosquitoes To Stop Transmission Of Dengue Fever Available online: (accessed on Oct 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 Technology Development: New DOD Space Science and Technology Strategy Provides Basis for Optimizing Investments, but Future Versions Need to Be More Robust; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2005;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Pezzolesi, M.G. Novel Mechanisms of PTEN Dysfunction in PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndromes. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University: Columbus, OH, 2008.

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
Williams, J. Alain Mabanckou. New York Times 2017, C18.

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 titleMembranes
AbbreviationMembranes (Basel)
ISSN (online)2077-0375
ScopeGeneral Materials Science

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