How to format your references using the Papillomavirus Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Papillomavirus Research. 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
M. Wadman, Women and ethnic minorities needed for US skills gap., Nature. 404 (2000) 800.
A journal article with 2 authors
R. Owen, S. Jobling, Environmental science: The hidden costs of flexible fertility, Nature. 485 (2012) 441.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.N. Raymond, A.M. Mandell, S. Sigurdsson, Exotic Earths: forming habitable worlds with giant planet migration, Science. 313 (2006) 1413–1416.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Yang, D.H. Nagel, C. Feschotte, C.N. Hancock, S.R. Wessler, Tuned for transposition: molecular determinants underlying the hyperactivity of a Stowaway MITE, Science. 325 (2009) 1391–1394.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Ferdjallah, Introduction to Digital Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
R. Bestak, B. Simak, E. Kozlowska, eds., Personal Wireless Communications: The 12th IFIP International Conference on Personal Wireless Communications (PWC 2007), Prague, Czech Republic, September 2007, 1st ed., Springer US, Boston, MA, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
D.G. Adams, P.S. Duggan, Signalling in Cyanobacteria–Plant Symbioses, in: S. Perotto, F. Baluška (Eds.), Signaling and Communication in Plant Symbiosis, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 93–121.

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 Papillomavirus Research.

Blog post
J. Fang, First Ever Swimming Dinosaur Ate Sharks, IFLScience. (2014).


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, Briefing on Air Force’s Response on Fee-For-Service Aerial Refueling, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2009.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
W.P. Webster, The Influence of Philanthropy and Administrative Decision-making Models on a Liberal Arts College’s Strategic Planning Process: A Case Study, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2014.

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
M. Kelly, THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Debates; Clinton Aides Try to Pressure Bush on Format, New York Times. (1992) A17.

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 titlePapillomavirus Research
AbbreviationPapillomavirus Res.
ISSN (print)2405-8521

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