How to format your references using the Mycoscience citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mycoscience. 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
Hampsey, M. (2012). Molecular biology. A new direction for gene loops. Science (New York, N.Y.), 338(6107), 624–625.
A journal article with 2 authors
Meguro, A., & Sato, Y. (2014). Salicylic acid antagonizes abscisic acid inhibition of shoot growth and cell cycle progression in rice. Scientific Reports, 4, 4555.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sergio, F., Newton, I., & Marchesi, L. (2005). Conservation: top predators and biodiversity. Nature, 436(7048), 192.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Bragina, A., Berg, C., Müller, H., Moser, D., & Berg, G. (2013). Insights into functional bacterial diversity and its effects on Alpine bog ecosystem functioning. Scientific Reports, 3, 1955.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ryan, T. P. (2007). Modern Engineering Statistics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Hell, J. W., & Ehlers, M. D. (Eds.). (2008). Structural And Functional Organization Of The Synapse. Springer US.
A chapter in an edited book
Fontaine, F., Debray, B., & Salvi, O. (2007). Protection of Hazardous Installations and Critical Infrastructures - Complementarity of Safety and Security Approaches. In I. Linkov, R. J. Wenning, & G. A. Kiker (Eds.), Managing Critical Infrastructure Risks: Decision Tools and Applications for Port Security (pp. 65–78). Springer Netherlands.

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 Mycoscience.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016, October 20). Will AI Spell The End Of Humanity? The Tech Industry Wants You To Think So. IFLScience; 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. (1978). Federal Capitation Support and Its Role in the Operation of Medical Schools (HRD-78-105). 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
Viramontes, M. (2009). Parenting styles and practices and their impact on school behavior [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
Vecsey, G. (2010, February 11). Half-Century at Daytona, Off the Fourth Turn. New York Times, B17.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hampsey, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Hampsey, 2012; Meguro & Sato, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Meguro & Sato, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Sergio et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Bragina et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleMycoscience
ISSN (print)1340-3540

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