How to format your references using the Microvascular Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Microvascular Research. 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., 2009. The Gonzo Scientist. Results from the science dance match-up challenge. Science 324, 1262.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dickman, D.K., Davis, G.W., 2009. The schizophrenia susceptibility gene dysbindin controls synaptic homeostasis. Science 326, 1127–1130.
A journal article with 3 authors
Unal, E., Kinde, B., Amon, A., 2011. Gametogenesis eliminates age-induced cellular damage and resets life span in yeast. Science 332, 1554–1557.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Selsis, F., Lemmon, M.T., Vaubaillon, J., Bell, J.F., 3rd, 2005. Extraterrestrial meteors: a martian meteor and its parent comet. Nature 435, 581.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Prud’Homme, R., 2014. Flows and Chemical Reactions in an Electromagnetic Field. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Beijaard, D., Meijer, P.C., Morine-Dershimer, G., Tillema, H. (Eds.), 2005. Teacher Professional Development in Changing Conditions. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Kruse, T., Sun, E.W., 2014. News Trader, Liquidity and Transaction Cost, in: Dufrénot, G., Jawadi, F., Louhichi, W. (Eds.), Market Microstructure and Nonlinear Dynamics: Keeping Financial Crisis in Context. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 95–127.

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 Microvascular Research.

Blog post
Luntz, S., 2014. How to Win At Rock, Paper, Scissors With Science [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, 1983. U.S. Preparations for an International Conference on Broadcast Satellites (No. RCED-83-121). 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
Reich, J.C., 2010. An iterative feature perturbation method for gene selection from microarray data (Doctoral dissertation). University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2006. Supreme Court Allows Disabled Georgia Inmate to Proceed With Suit Against State. New York Times A27.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bohannon, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Bohannon, 2009; Dickman and Davis, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Dickman and Davis, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Selsis et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleMicrovascular Research
AbbreviationMicrovasc. Res.
ISSN (print)0026-2862
Cell Biology
Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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