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
D. Ruelle, Here be no dragons, Nature. 411 (2001) 27.
A journal article with 2 authors
P. Pevzner, R. Shamir, Computing has changed biology--biology education must catch up, Science. 325 (2009) 541–542.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.A. Lambertucci, E.L.C. Shepard, R.P. Wilson, Ecology. Human-wildlife conflicts in a crowded airspace, Science. 348 (2015) 502–504.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R.M. Sullivan, M. Landers, B. Yeaman, D.A. Wilson, Good memories of bad events in infancy, Nature. 407 (2000) 38–39.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Bosq, D. Blanke, Inference and Prediction in Large Dimensions: Bosq/Inference and Prediction in Large Dimensions, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2007.
An edited book
W.E. Nagel, D.H. Kröner, M.M. Resch, eds., High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering ‘12: Transactions of the High Performance Computing Center, Stuttgart (HLRS) 2012, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
J.E. Mason, I. Traoré, I. Woungang, Normalization, in: I. Traoré, I. Woungang (Eds.), Machine Learning Techniques for Gait Biometric Recognition: Using the Ground Reaction Force, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 89–110.

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, Lemurs May Hold Secrets To Living Longer, But They Won’t Increase Our Lifespan, IFLScience. (2015). (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, NASA 5-Year Planning, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.K. Bankas, CAFE—Community and Family Enrichment: Toward Community-Based Mental Health Support for Families, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 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
G. Prochnik, Now Don’t Hear This, New York Times. (2010) WK11.

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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