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
Wigley, T.M.L., 2005. The climate change commitment. Science 307, 1766–1769.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, Z., Zhao, Y., 2006. MATERIALS SCIENCE: High-Pressure Microscopy. Science 312, 1149–1150.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gagné, J.-P., Rouleau, M., Poirier, G.G., 2012. Structural biology. PARP-1 activation--bringing the pieces together. Science 336, 678–679.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hale, M.L., Lurz, P.W., Shirley, M.D., Rushton, S., Fuller, R.M., Wolff, K., 2001. Impact of landscape management on the genetic structure of red squirrel populations. Science 293, 2246–2248.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bhaskar, K., Varadan Retd., T.K., 2014. Plates. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Gerrath, J., 2015. Taming the Wild Grape: Botany and Horticulture in the Vitaceae. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Jähnig, N., Göthel, T., Glesner, S., 2016. Refinement-Based Verification of Communicating Unstructured Code, in: De Nicola, R., Kühn, E. (Eds.), Software Engineering and Formal Methods: 14th International Conference, SEFM 2016, Held as Part of STAF 2016, Vienna, Austria, July 4-8, 2016, Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 61–75.

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. Tooth-Derived Stem Cells Make Brain-Like Cells [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, 1981. Major Science and Technology Issues (No. PAD-81-35). 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
Fulton, E., 2010. Differential effects of nicotine on prospective memory, sustained attention, and working memory (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Shear, M.D., Haberman, M., 2017. In Interview, Bannon Contradicts Trump on North Korea, and Lashes Out at Rivals. New York Times A18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wigley, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Wang and Zhao, 2006; Wigley, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Wang and Zhao, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Hale et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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