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
T.J. Marks, Retrospective: Frank Albert Cotton (1930-2007), Science. 316 (2007) 214.
A journal article with 2 authors
E. Kruse, E. Agol, KOI-3278: a self-lensing binary star system, Science. 344 (2014) 275–277.
A journal article with 3 authors
B.Y. Hayden, J.M. Pearson, M.L. Platt, Fictive reward signals in the anterior cingulate cortex, Science. 324 (2009) 948–950.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R.E. Evans, M.K. Bhaskar, D.D. Sukachev, C.T. Nguyen, A. Sipahigil, M.J. Burek, B. Machielse, G.H. Zhang, A.S. Zibrov, E. Bielejec, H. Park, M. Lončar, M.D. Lukin, Photon-mediated interactions between quantum emitters in a diamond nanocavity, Science. 362 (2018) 662–665.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
American Institute of Timber Constr, Timber Construction Manual, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
F. Ortegón Gallego, M.V. Redondo Neble, J.R. Rodríguez Galván, eds., Trends in Differential Equations and Applications, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
W. Groves, J. Collins, W. Ketter, M. Gini, Analyzing Market Interactions in a Multi-agent Supply Chain Environment, in: R. Sharman, H.R. Rao, T.S. Raghu (Eds.), Exploring the Grand Challenges for Next Generation E-Business: 8th Workshop on E-Business, WEB 2009, Phoenix, AZ, USA, December 15, 2009, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011: pp. 44–58.

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
J. O`Callaghan, ESA Picks Second Landing Site For Its 2020 ExoMars Rover To Search For Life, IFLScience. (2017). (accessed October 30, 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, Social Security: Service to the Public--Accuracy of the 800 Phone Service, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V.D. Williams, Leadership behavior practice patterns’ relationship to employee work engagement in a nonprofit that supports the homeless, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2014.

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
L. Greenhouse, D.D. Kirkpatrick, Justices Loosen Ad Restrictions In Campaign Law, New York Times. (2007) A1.

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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