How to format your references using the Mutagenesis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mutagenesis. 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
Dennis, C. (2002) Baiting plan to remove fox threat to Tasmanian wildlife. Nature, 416,357.
A journal article with 2 authors
Doulatov, S. and Daley, G.Q. (2013) Development. A stem cell perspective on cellular engineering. Science, 342,700–702.
A journal article with 3 authors
Keith, D.W., Parson, E., and Morgan, M.G. (2010) Research on global sun block needed now. Nature, 463,426–427.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Gaudinier, A., Rodriguez-Medina, J., Zhang, L., et al. (2018) Transcriptional regulation of nitrogen-associated metabolism and growth. Nature, 563,259–264.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tagare, D.M. (2011) Electric Power Generation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Information and Communication Technology: International Conference, ICT-EurAsia 2013, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, March 25-29, 2013. Proceedings (2013). Mustofa K, Neuhold EJ, Tjoa AM, Weippl E, You I, editors Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. XVI, 552 p. 170 illus p.
A chapter in an edited book
Henning, M.A. and Yeo, A. (2013) Total Domination and Minimum Degree. In: Yeo A, editor. Total Domination in Graphs. Springer Monographs in Mathematics. New York, NY: Springer. pp. 39–54.

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 Mutagenesis.

Blog post
Carpineti, A. (2017) Evidence Of An Ancient Mega-Flood On Mars. IFLScience,. Accessed 30 October 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. (2006) Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Improved Planning and Acquisition Strategies Can Help Address Operational Challenges. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
Zhang, X. (2012) Electroweak interactions and the delta resonance in a chiral effective field theory for nuclei [Doctoral dissertation]. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University.

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
Cooper, M. (2017) Cecilia Bartoli May Return to New York. New York Times,C2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleMutagenesis
ISSN (print)0267-8357
ISSN (online)1464-3804
Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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