How to format your references using the Mutation Research-Reviews in Mutation Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mutation Research-Reviews in Mutation 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.
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
C.L. Smith, How the LHC came to be, Nature. 448 (2007) 281–284.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. Lipson, J.B. Pollack, Automatic design and manufacture of robotic lifeforms, Nature. 406 (2000) 974–978.
A journal article with 3 authors
K.G. Stassun, R.D. Mathieu, J.A. Valenti, Discovery of two young brown dwarfs in an eclipsing binary system, Nature. 440 (2006) 311–314.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W. Vanroose, F. Martín, T.N. Rescigno, C.W. McCurdy, Complete photo-induced breakup of the H2 molecule as a probe of molecular electron correlation, Science. 310 (2005) 1787–1789.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.G. Qiu, Service Science, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
P. Cannarsa, Introduzione alla teoria della misura e all’analisi funzionale, Springer, Milano, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Zuidema, G. de Roo, Making Sense of Decentralization: Coping with the Complexities of the Urban Environment, in: U. Fra.Paleo (Ed.), Risk Governance: The Articulation of Hazard, Politics and Ecology, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2015: pp. 59–76.

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 Mutation Research-Reviews in Mutation Research.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Robotic Octopus Arm Could Revolutionize Surgery, IFLScience. (2015).


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, U.S. and Soviet Bloc Training of Latin American and Caribbean Students: Considerations in Developing Future U.S. Programs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1984.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.M. Winter, Investigating the biosynthesis of halogenated meroterpenoid natural products from marine actinomycetes, Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego, 2010.

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
K. Crow, In Chinatown, Bulgarian Red Means Wine, Not Politics, New York Times. (2000) 147.

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 titleMutation Research-Reviews in Mutation Research
AbbreviationMutat. Res. Rev. Mutat. Res.
ISSN (print)1383-5742
Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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