How to format your references using the Metabolism citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Metabolism. 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
[1]
Coscia M. Average is boring: how similarity kills a meme’s success. Sci Rep 2014;4:6477.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Köhler H-R, Triebskorn R. Wildlife ecotoxicology of pesticides: can we track effects to the population level and beyond? Science 2013;341:759–65.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Johnson PTJ, de Roode JC, Fenton A. Why infectious disease research needs community ecology. Science 2015;349:1259504.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Kellis M, Patterson N, Endrizzi M, Birren B, Lander ES. Sequencing and comparison of yeast species to identify genes and regulatory elements. Nature 2003;423:241–54.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Nathanail CP, Bardos RP. Reclamation of Contaminated Land. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2005.
An edited book
[1]
Nelson JK, editor. Dielectric Polymer Nanocomposites. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Wen C-K, Li W, Guo H. Regulatory Components of Ethylene Signal Transduction. In: Wen C-K, editor. Ethylene in Plants, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2015, p. 73–92.

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 Metabolism.

Blog post
[1]
Luntz S. Mathematicians Work Out Zombie Apocalypse Plan. IFLScience 2015. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/mathematicians-work-out-zombie-apocalypse-plan/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Unmanned Aerial Systems: Efforts Made toward Integration into the National Airspace Continue, but Many Actions Still Required. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Griner KF. The Effectiveness of the Integrative Career Counseling Model. Doctoral dissertation. George Washington University, 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
[1]
Davey M, Walsh MW. Billions in Debt, Detroit Tumbles Into Insolvency. New York Times 2013:A1.

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 titleMetabolism
AbbreviationMetabolism
ISSN (print)0026-0495
ScopeEndocrinology
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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