How to format your references using the Microsystem Technologies citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Microsystem Technologies. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Mel BW (2002) Neurobiology. What the synapse tells the neuron. Science 295:1845–1846
A journal article with 2 authors
Caughey B, Baron GS (2006) Prions and their partners in crime. Nature 443:803–810
A journal article with 3 authors
Amari T, Luciani J-F, Aly J-J (2015) Small-scale dynamo magnetism as the driver for heating the solar atmosphere. Nature 522:188–191
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Bayindir M, Sorin F, Abouraddy AF, et al (2004) Metal-insulator-semiconductor optoelectronic fibres. Nature 431:826–829

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shand MA (2006) The Chemistry and Technology of Magnesia. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Vincent J-L (ed) (2016) Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2016, 1st edn. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Eberspächer J, Schollmeier R (2005) 5. First and Second Generation of Peer-to-Peer Systems. In: Steinmetz R, Wehrle K (eds) Peer-to-Peer Systems and Applications. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 35–56

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 Microsystem Technologies.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) First Direct Evidence Of Microbial Life Under 1km Of Antarctic Ice. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (1983) Need To Improve Management of ACDA’s Automatic Data Processing and Operations Analysis Functions. 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
Gomez S (2012) Support group for caregivers coping with their child diagnosed with autism: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
George RP, Moschella M (2011) Does Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights? New York Times A29

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mel 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Mel 2002; Caughey and Baron 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Caughey and Baron 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Bayindir et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleMicrosystem Technologies
AbbreviationMicrosyst. Technol.
ISSN (print)0946-7076
ISSN (online)1432-1858
ScopeHardware and Architecture
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Condensed Matter Physics

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