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
O’Rahilly, S., 2009. Human genetics illuminates the paths to metabolic disease. Nature 462, 307–314.
A journal article with 2 authors
Friedrich, R.W., Laurent, G., 2001. Dynamic optimization of odor representations by slow temporal patterning of mitral cell activity. Science 291, 889–894.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sibanda, B.L., Chirgadze, D.Y., Blundell, T.L., 2010. Crystal structure of DNA-PKcs reveals a large open-ring cradle comprised of HEAT repeats. Nature 463, 118–121.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Raab-Graham, K.F., Haddick, P.C.G., Jan, Y.N., Jan, L.Y., 2006. Activity- and mTOR-dependent suppression of Kv1.1 channel mRNA translation in dendrites. Science 314, 144–148.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gardi, F., Benoist, T., Darlay, J., Estellon, B., Megel, R., 2014. Mathematical Programming Solver Based on Local Search. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Rocca, J., Menoni, C., Marconi, M. (Eds.), 2016. X-Ray Lasers 2014: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on X-Ray Lasers, 1st ed. 2016. ed, Springer Proceedings in Physics. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Kitani, M., Hara, T., Hanada, H., Sawada, H., 2012. A Talking Robot and Its Singing Performance by the Mimicry of Human Vocalization, in: Hippe, Z.S., Kulikowski, J.L., Mroczek, T. (Eds.), Human – Computer Systems Interaction: Backgrounds and Applications 2: Part 2, Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 57–73.

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
Davis, J., 2016. New Species Of Giant Dinosaur Weighed The Same As Eight African Elephants [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. USDA Information Management: Extensive Improvements Needed in Managing Information Technology Investments (No. T-AIMD-97-90). 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
Bustillo, M.F., 2010. Heart and Art: Post-adoption program: A grant proposal (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
Hodgman, J., 2016. Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times MM30.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (O’Rahilly, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Friedrich and Laurent, 2001; O’Rahilly, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Friedrich and Laurent, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Raab-Graham et al., 2006)

About the journal

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

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