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
Leggett AJ (2005) The quantum measurement problem. Science 307:871–872
A journal article with 2 authors
Côté IM, Cheney KL (2005) Animal mimicry: choosing when to be a cleaner-fish mimic. Nature 433:211–212
A journal article with 3 authors
Sharon E, Cohen G, Fineberg J (2001) Propagating solitary waves along a rapidly moving crack front. Nature 410:68–71
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Bocquet N, Nury H, Baaden M, et al (2009) X-ray structure of a pentameric ligand-gated ion channel in an apparently open conformation. Nature 457:111–114

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kato T, Handwerker CA, Bath J (2016) Mitigating Tin Whisker Risks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Hildebrandt M, Gaakeer J (eds) (2013) Human Law and Computer Law: Comparative Perspectives. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Zhou Z-R, Yu H-Y, Zheng J, et al (2013) Microtribology of Human Teeth. In: Yu H-Y, Zheng J, Qian L-M, Yan Y (eds) Dental Biotribology. Springer, New York, NY, pp 117–139

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 D (2016) Neonicotinoids Linked To Wild Bee And Butterfly Declines In Europe And US. 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 (2000) Port Infrastructure: Financing of Navigation Projects at Small and Medium-Sized Ports. 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
Latronica AN (2016) The effect of emotion regulation on stress and the role of executive function. 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
Chira S, Alcindor Y (2017) Defiant Yet Jubilant Voices Flood U.S. Cities. New York Times A1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Leggett 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Côté and Cheney 2005; Leggett 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Côté and Cheney 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Bocquet et al. 2009)

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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