How to format your references using the Mycologia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mycologia. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Check E. 2002. Biodefence: ploughshares into swords. Nature. 420:736.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bouwens RJ, Illingworth GD. 2006. Rapid evolution of the most luminous galaxies during the first 900 million years. Nature. 443:189–192.
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu Z, Neff RA, Berg DK. 2006. Sequential interplay of nicotinic and GABAergic signaling guides neuronal development. Science. 314:1610–1613.
A journal article with 30 or more authors
Serruya MD, Hatsopoulos NG, Paninski L, Fellows MR, Donoghue JP. 2002. Instant neural control of a movement signal. Nature. 416:141–142.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Prutchi D, Prutchi SR. 2012. Exploring Quantum Physics Through Hands-On Projects. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wang Y, ed. 2012. Education and Educational Technology. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. XX, 860 p. 91 illus p.
A chapter in an edited book
Pei C, Zheng W. 2015. The Fiscal/Taxation/Financial Subsystem. In: W. Zheng, ed. China’s Outbound Foreign Direct Investment Promotion System. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. pp. 105–120.

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 Mycologia.

Blog post
Fang J. 2015. Skeletons From 400-Year-Old Gravesite Identified As Jamestown Leaders. IFLScience.


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. 1973. Use of Computers at Naval Laboratories. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Quinn L. 2013. The poetics of soul: Mythic narrative as creative elegy. Doctoral dissertation. Pacifica Graduate Institute.

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
Otis J. 2016. Car Accident Takes Away Independence and Financial Security. New York Times. A28.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Check 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Check 2002, Bouwens and Illingworth 2006).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Bouwens and Illingworth 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Serruya et al. 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleMycologia
ISSN (print)0027-5514
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Plant Science
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology
General Medicine

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