How to format your references using the mUX: The Journal of Mobile User Experience citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for mUX: The Journal of Mobile User Experience. 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
Dolgin E (2013) Deprivation: a wake-up call. Nature 497:S6-7
A journal article with 2 authors
Leslie NR, Brunton VG (2013) Cell biology. Where is PTEN? Science 341:355–356
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhang L, Zeng X, Wang X (2013) Programmable hydrogenation of graphene for novel nanocages. Sci Rep 3:3162
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lafferentz L, Ample F, Yu H, et al (2009) Conductance of a single conjugated polymer as a continuous function of its length. Science 323:1193–1197

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Barnes T (2013) Constantine. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford
An edited book
Sirgy MJ, Phillips R, Rahtz DR (2009) Community Quality-of-Life Indicators: Best Cases IV, 1st ed. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Matsuba S (2006) Does History Have a Purpose?; History Theory of Merleau-Ponty in the Latter Half of the 1940S. In: Tymieniecka A-T (ed) Logos of Phenomenology and Phenomenology of the Logos. Book Three: Logos of History - Logos of Life. Historicity, Time, Nature, Communication, Consciousness, Alterity, Culture. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 65–77

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 mUX: The Journal of Mobile User Experience.

Blog post
Luntz S (2014) New Study Suggests Genetic Link To Homosexuality. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1999) Financial Management: Briefing on the Federal Aviation Administration Property, Plant, and Equipment Accountability Review. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Carlson DL (2014) BOUND/(bang). Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Wagner J (2017) Their Run Together May Be Nearing an End. New York Times B8

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 titlemUX: The Journal of Mobile User Experience
ISSN (online)2196-873X

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