How to format your references using the Microbiological Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Microbiological Research. 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
DeWeerdt, S., 2015. Microbiome: Microbial mystery. Nature 521, S10-1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vermeij, G.J., Roopnarine, P.D., 2008. Ecology. The coming Arctic invasion. Science 321, 780–781.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ogata, S., Li, J., Yip, S., 2002. Ideal pure shear strength of aluminum and copper. Science 298, 807–811.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Márquez, L.M., Redman, R.S., Rodriguez, R.J., Roossinck, M.J., 2007. A virus in a fungus in a plant: three-way symbiosis required for thermal tolerance. Science 315, 513–515.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hopp, V., 2000. Grundlagen der Life Sciences. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG.
An edited book
Cat, D.T., Pucci, A., Wandelt, K. (Eds.), 2009. Physics and Engineering of New Materials, Springer Proceedings in Physics. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Wu, Q., McGinnity, T.M., Maguire, L., Cai, R., Chen, M., 2012. Simulation of Visual Attention Using Hierarchical Spiking Neural Networks, in: Huang, D.-S., Gan, Y., Premaratne, P., Han, K. (Eds.), Bio-Inspired Computing and Applications: 7th International Conference on Intelligent Computing, ICIC 2011, Zhengzhou,China, August 11-14. 2011, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 26–31.

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 Microbiological Research.

Blog post
Andrew, D., 2017. Why Are Most People Right Handed? The Answer May Be In The Mouths Of Our Ancestors [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1997. Aviation Security: FAA’s Procurement of Explosives Detection Devices (No. RCED-97-111R). 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
Miller, R.J., 2012. An Investigation Examining the Perceived Implications of Principal Leadership Changing A Large Comprehensive High School into Smaller Learning Communities (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Kenigsberg, B., 2017. Film Series. New York Times C26.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (DeWeerdt, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (DeWeerdt, 2015; Vermeij and Roopnarine, 2008).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Vermeij and Roopnarine, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Márquez et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleMicrobiological Research
AbbreviationMicrobiol. Res.
ISSN (print)0944-5013

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