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
Bohannon, J., 2008. The Gonzo Scientist. Play it again, robot. Science 319, 1613.
A journal article with 2 authors
Geschwind, D.H., Konopka, G., 2009. Neuroscience in the era of functional genomics and systems biology. Nature 461, 908–915.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bernhard, H., Fischbacher, U., Fehr, E., 2006. Parochial altruism in humans. Nature 442, 912–915.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Doyle, P.S., Bibette, J., Bancaud, A., Viovy, J.-L., 2002. Self-assembled magnetic matrices for DNA separation chips. Science 295, 2237.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Anderson, D., 2007. TKO Management! John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Davidson, M.H., Toth, P.P., Maki, K.C., Gotto, A.M. (Eds.), 2007. Therapeutic Lipidology, Contemporary Cardiology. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.
A chapter in an edited book
de Luca, M., DeSimone, A., 2016. Elastomeric Gels: A Model and First Results, in: Weinberg, K., Pandolfi, A. (Eds.), Innovative Numerical Approaches for Multi-Field and Multi-Scale Problems: In Honor of Michael Ortiz’s 60th Birthday, Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 59–89.

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
Carpineti, A., 2015. Most Detailed Image Of The Milky Way Stellar Nursery Yet [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. FCC: Non-Voice, Non-Geostationary Mobile Satellite Service (No. OGC-98-11). 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
Sosa Tzec, O., 2017. Delightful Interactive Systems: A Rhetorical Examination (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Koblin, J., 2017. Another Williams Takes His Turn. New York Times B8.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bohannon, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Bohannon, 2008; Geschwind and Konopka, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Geschwind and Konopka, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Doyle et al., 2002)

About the journal

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

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