How to format your references using the Micron citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Micron. 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
Konacki, M., 2005. An extrasolar giant planet in a close triple-star system. Nature 436, 230–233.
A journal article with 2 authors
Benilova, I., De Strooper, B., 2013. Neuroscience. Promiscuous Alzheimer’s amyloid: yet another partner. Science 341, 1354–1355.
A journal article with 3 authors
Martens, S., Kozlov, M.M., McMahon, H.T., 2007. How synaptotagmin promotes membrane fusion. Science 316, 1205–1208.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Stallard, T., Miller, S., Melin, H., Lystrup, M., Cowley, S.W.H., Bunce, E.J., Achilleos, N., Dougherty, M., 2008. Jovian-like aurorae on Saturn. Nature 453, 1083–1085.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Cherrie, J.W., Howie, R.M., Semple, S., 2010. Monitoring for Health Hazards at Work. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.
An edited book
Greenwood, P.L., Bell, A.W., Vercoe, P.E., Viljoen, G.J. (Eds.), 2010. Managing the Prenatal Environment to Enhance Livestock Productivity. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Diudea, M.V., Nagy, C.L., 2007. Counting Polynomials of Nanostructures, in: Diudea, M.V., Nagy, C.L. (Eds.), Periodic Nanostructures, Developments in Fullerene Science. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp. 69–114.

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 Micron.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. Brain Stimulation May Treat Severe Depression Better Than Meds [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, 2016. Freight Rail Pricing: Contracts Provide Shippers and Railroads Flexibility, but High Rates Concern Some Shippers (No. GAO-17-166). 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
Cappell, S.D., 2010. Systematic analysis of essential genes reveals new regulators of G protein signaling (Doctoral dissertation). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

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
Grynbaum, M.M., 2017. Ousted Fox News Executive May Go to White House. New York Times A14.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Konacki, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Benilova and De Strooper, 2013; Konacki, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Benilova and De Strooper, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Stallard et al., 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleMicron
ISSN (print)0968-4328
ScopeCell Biology
Structural Biology

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