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
Ranganathan, R., 2003. Cell biology. A matter of life or death. Science 299, 1677–1679.
A journal article with 2 authors
Felfly, H., Klein, O.D., 2013. Sprouty genes regulate proliferation and survival of human embryonic stem cells. Sci. Rep. 3, 2277.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kavanagh, K.D., Evans, A.R., Jernvall, J., 2007. Predicting evolutionary patterns of mammalian teeth from development. Nature 449, 427–432.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Shigenobu, S., Watanabe, H., Hattori, M., Sakaki, Y., Ishikawa, H., 2000. Genome sequence of the endocellular bacterial symbiont of aphids Buchnera sp. APS. Nature 407, 81–86.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dubé, J., Legros, D., 2014. Spatial Econometrics Using Microdata. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Liang, Y., 2015. Silicon in Agriculture: From Theory to Practice. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Bogdanov, D., Talviste, R., Willemson, J., 2012. Deploying Secure Multi-Party Computation for Financial Data Analysis, in: Keromytis, A.D. (Ed.), Financial Cryptography and Data Security: 16th International Conference, FC 2012, Kralendijk, Bonaire, Februray 27-March 2, 2012, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 57–64.

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
Hale, T., 2016. Nike’s “Back To The Future II” Self-Lacing Trainers Are Coming In November [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, 2014. Advanced Imaging Technology: TSA Needs Additional Information before Procuring Next-Generation Systems (No. GAO-14-357). 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
Camaya, C., 2015. Teachers’ perceptions of social skills instruction for children with autism spectrum disorders (Doctoral dissertation). University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ.

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
Detrick, B., 2016. Elevating His Game as Art Connoisseur. New York Times D1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ranganathan, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Felfly and Klein, 2013; Ranganathan, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Felfly and Klein, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Shigenobu et al., 2000)

About the journal

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

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