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
Godfray, H.C.J., 2011. Ecology. Food and biodiversity. Science 333, 1231–1232.
A journal article with 2 authors
Vetter, I.R., Wittinghofer, A., 2001. The guanine nucleotide-binding switch in three dimensions. Science 294, 1299–1304.
A journal article with 3 authors
Madhu, R., Veeramani, V., Chen, S.-M., 2014. Heteroatom-enriched and renewable banana-stem-derived porous carbon for the electrochemical determination of nitrite in various water samples. Sci. Rep. 4, 4679.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Unnithan, V.V., Unc, A., Joe, V., Smith, G.B., 2014. Short RNA indicator sequences are not completely degraded by autoclaving. Sci. Rep. 4, 4070.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Klee, L., 2015. International Construction Contract Law. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Frazier, L., Gibson, E. (Eds.), 2015. Explicit and Implicit Prosody in Sentence Processing: Studies in Honor of Janet Dean Fodor, Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics. Springer International Publishing, Cham.
A chapter in an edited book
Dehni, L., Krief, F., Bennani, Y., 2006. Power Control and Clustering in Wireless Sensor Networks, in: Agha, K.A., Guérin Lassous, I., Pujolle, G. (Eds.), Challenges in Ad Hoc Networking: Fourth Annual Mediterranean Ad Hoc Networking Workshop, June 21–24, 2005, Île de Porquerolles, France, IFIP International Federation for Information Processing. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 31–40.

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
O`Callaghan, J., 2017. This Battery That Lasts 10 Years Could Revolutionize The Future Of Renewable Energy [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, 2003. Transportation Programs: Opportunities for Oversight and Improved Use of Taxpayer Funds (No. GAO-03-1040T). 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
Galvarin, M., 2008. Special education paraeducators as instructional support (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
Appelbaum, B., Kelly, K., 2017. Trump Is Said to Pick 2 To Serve on Fed Board. New York Times B3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Godfray, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Godfray, 2011; Vetter and Wittinghofer, 2001).

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

  • Two authors: (Vetter and Wittinghofer, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Unnithan et al., 2014)

About the journal

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

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