How to format your references using the Microbial Cell citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Microbial Cell (MIC). 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
1. Trkola A (2014). HIV: Potency needs constancy. Nature. 514(7523): 442–443. 25341782.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Zhang Z, and Wang J (2014). Long-range hybrid wedge plasmonic waveguide. Sci Rep. 4: 6870. 25362900.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Sun S, Ting C-T, and Wu C-I (2004). The normal function of a speciation gene, Odysseus, and its hybrid sterility effect. Science. 305(5680): 81–83. 15232104.
A journal article with 30 or more authors
1. Johnson JG, Cohen P, Smailes EM, Kasen S, and Brook JS (2002). Television viewing and aggressive behavior during adolescence and adulthood. Science. 295(5564): 2468–2471. 11923542.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. O’Neil PV (2008). Beginning Partial Differential Equations. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
1. Toth FL (2012). Energy for Development: Resources, Technologies, Environment. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Benson DJ, Iyengar S, and Krause H (2012). Friday. In: Iyengar S, Krause H, editors Representations of Finite Groups: Local Cohomology and Support. Springer, Basel; pp 79–91.

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 Microbial Cell.

Blog post
1. Andrew D (2015). Awesome Science Parody Of Taylor Swift Song. IFLScience. [Accessed 10/30/2018].


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
1. Government Accountability Office (1996). Intercollegiate Athletics: Status of Efforts to Promote Gender Equity. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Venter WM (2016). People and Pride: A Qualitative Study of Place Attachment and Professional Placemakers. Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida.

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. Greenhouse L (2006). Justices, 5-3, Broadly Reject Bush Plan to Try Detainees. New York Times 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 titleMicrobial Cell
AbbreviationMicrob. Cell
ISSN (online)2311-2638

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