How to format your references using the Proteomes citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Proteomes. 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
Fuyuno, I. Plastic Promises. Nature 2007, 446, 715.
A journal article with 2 authors
Brosi, B.J.; Biber, E.G.N. Conservation. Citizen Involvement in the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Science 2012, 337, 802–803.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ross, R.J.; Weiner, M.M.; Lin, H. PIWI Proteins and PIWI-Interacting RNAs in the Soma. Nature 2014, 505, 353–359.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Krzemień, J.; Dubois, L.; Makki, R.; Meister, M.; Vincent, A.; Crozatier, M. Control of Blood Cell Homeostasis in Drosophila Larvae by the Posterior Signalling Centre. Nature 2007, 446, 325–328.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wiedenmannott, W. Industrielle Wasseraufbereitung; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, Germany, 2016; ISBN 9783527695645.
An edited book
World Suffering and Quality of Life; Anderson, R.E., Ed.; Social Indicators Research Series; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2015; Vol. 56; ISBN 9789401796699.
A chapter in an edited book
Mazure, A.; Le Brun, V. Cosmic Cluedo: where, when and how? In Matter, Dark Matter, and Anti-Matter: In Search of the Hidden Universe; Le Brun, V., Ed.; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2012; pp. 57–69 ISBN 9781441988218.

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 Proteomes.

Blog post
Hale, T. Tiny Drone Can Autonomously Paint Dot Murals Available online: (accessed on 30 October 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 Next Generation Air Transportation System: Issues Associated with Midterm Implementation of Capabilities and Full System Transformation; 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
Sousa, K.L. Soul Seeking: A Crossing. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute: Carpinteria, CA, 2012.

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
Rojas, R. Woman Is Fatally Shot Outside a Club. New York Times 2015, A22.

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 titleProteomes
ISSN (online)2227-7382

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