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
Sargent, M. (2008). Obituary: Willis E. Lamb Jr (1913-2008). Nature, 453(7197), 867.
A journal article with 2 authors
McLennan, M. R., & Hockings, K. J. (2014). Wild chimpanzees show group differences in selection of agricultural crops. Scientific Reports, 4, 5956.
A journal article with 3 authors
Song, K., Yeom, E., & Lee, S. J. (2014). Real-time imaging of pulvinus bending in Mimosa pudica. Scientific Reports, 4, 6466.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Yang, K., Liu, Y., Liu, Z., Liu, J., Liu, X., Chen, X., Li, C., & Zeng, Y. (2013). p38γ overexpression in gliomas and its role in proliferation and apoptosis. Scientific Reports, 3, 2089.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Saghyan, A. S., & Langer, P. (2016). Asymmetric Synthesis of Non&;#x02010;Proteinogenic Amino Acids. Wiley&;#x02010;VCH Verlag GmbH &;#38; Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Marchetti-Spaccamela, A., & Segal, M. (Eds.). (2011). Theory and Practice of Algorithms in (Computer) Systems: First International ICST Conference, TAPAS 2011, Rome, Italy, April 18-20, 2011. Proceedings (Vol. 6595). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Bracke, M. E., De Maeseneer, D., Van Marck, V., Derycke, L., Vanhoecke, B., De Wever, O., & Depypere, H. T. (2007). Cell motility and breast cancer metastasis. In R. E. Mansel, O. Fodstad, & W. G. Jiang (Eds.), Metastasis of Breast Cancer (pp. 47–75). 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
Fang, J. (2016, June 29). Animals With Glowing Courtship Displays Are More Likely To Diversify. 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. (2005). Aviation Security: Measures for Testing the Impact of Using Commercial Data for the Secure Flight Program (GAO-05-324). 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
Hernandez, R. (2013). Growth and development of greenhouse vegetable seedlings under supplemental LED lighting [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Arizona.

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
Oestreich, J. R. (2017, January 13). Lamenting Dead Kings, Spending Sunday at the Pub. New York Times, C6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Sargent, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (McLennan & Hockings, 2014; Sargent, 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (McLennan & Hockings, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Song et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Yang et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleMycoscience
ISSN (print)1340-3540

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