How to format your references using the Mycological Progress citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mycological Progress. 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
Landau S (2015) Control use of data to protect privacy. Science 347:504–506
A journal article with 2 authors
Ben-Jacob E, Levine H (2001) The artistry of nature. Nature 409:985–986
A journal article with 3 authors
Lamb D, Erskine PD, Parrotta JA (2005) Restoration of degraded tropical forest landscapes. Science 310:1628–1632
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Maile T, Kwoczynski S, Katzenberger RJ, et al (2004) TAF1 activates transcription by phosphorylation of serine 33 in histone H2B. Science 304:1010–1014

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lowman M (2017) A Practical Guide to Analytics for Governments. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Basner RC, Parthasarathy S (eds) (2015) Nocturnal Non-Invasive Ventilation: Theory, Evidence, and Clinical Practice, 1st ed. 2015. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Kardel T, Maquet P (2013) 2 Years of Discovery in Holland 1660-1664. In: Kardel T, Maquet P (eds) Nicolaus Steno: Biography and Original Papers of a 17th Century Scientist. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 61–114

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 Mycological Progress.

Blog post
Fang J (2014) Herpes Infected Our Ancestors Before They Were Human. 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 (1973) Protest of Air Force Contract Award. 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
Ballan AO (2015) The selfie generation: Students’ perceptions of classroom incivility in social work education. 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
Kelly BP (2005) Closing Time; Iskandariya. New York Times A15

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Landau 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Ben-Jacob and Levine 2001; Landau 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Ben-Jacob and Levine 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Maile et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleMycological Progress
AbbreviationMycol. Prog.
ISSN (print)1617-416X
ISSN (online)1861-8952
ScopePlant Science

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