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
J. Graham, Behavior. Morality beyond the lab, Science. 345 (2014) 1242.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.P. Ostriker, P. Steinhardt, New light on dark matter, Science. 300 (2003) 1909–1913.
A journal article with 3 authors
D.S. Balser, R.T. Rood, T.M. Bania, Comment on “Deep mixing of 3He: reconciling Big Bang and stellar nucleosynthesis,” Science. 317 (2007) 1170.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.J. Ferrari, R.F. Grais, N. Bharti, A.J.K. Conlan, O.N. Bjørnstad, L.J. Wolfson, P.J. Guerin, A. Djibo, B.T. Grenfell, The dynamics of measles in sub-Saharan Africa, Nature. 451 (2008) 679–684.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Y. Zheng, X. Xu, Z. Xu, J. Wang, H. Cai, Metallic Biomaterials, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2017.
An edited book
A. Agrawal, G. Britz, eds., Comprehensive Guide to Neurosurgical Conditions, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Tessicini, Cornelius Gemma and the New Star of 1572, in: P.J. Boner (Ed.), Change and Continuity in Early Modern Cosmology, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011: pp. 51–65.

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
B. Taub, Asshole Businessmen Are Selling Plastic Rice In Nigeria, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Space Acquisitions: Stronger Development Practices and Investment Planning Needed to Address Continuing Problems, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.L. LaPoint, The effects of aviation -based error management training on perioperative safety attitudes, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2008.

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. Vecsey, Rain Stopped, and Weirdness Began, New York Times. (2011) B15.

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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