How to format your references using the Results in Immunology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Results in Immunology. 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
D.J. Cosgrove, Loosening of plant cell walls by expansins, Nature. 407 (2000) 321–326.
A journal article with 2 authors
K.A. Thoroughman, R. Shadmehr, Learning of action through adaptive combination of motor primitives, Nature. 407 (2000) 742–747.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.C. Wang, E.J. O’Rourke, G. Ruvkun, Fat metabolism links germline stem cells and longevity in C. elegans, Science. 322 (2008) 957–960.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L.S. Sundar, M.K. Singh, E.V. Ramana, B. Singh, J. Grácio, A.C.M. Sousa, Enhanced thermal conductivity and viscosity of nanodiamond-nickel nanocomposite nanofluids, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4039.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
C. Saccone, G. Pesole, Handbook of Comparative Genomics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
M. Bruggeman, Pro SharePoint 2007 Development Techniques, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Basso-Blandin, F. Delaplace, GUBS a Language for Synthetic Biology: Specification and Compilation, in: O.H. Ibarra, L. Kari, S. Kopecki (Eds.), Unconventional Computation and Natural Computation: 13th International Conference, UCNC 2014, London, ON, Canada, July 14-18, 2014, Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014: pp. 40–53.

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 Results in Immunology.

Blog post
T. Hale, This Facebook Messenger Hack Can Let People See What Links You’re Sending, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 30, 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, ADP Planning: SSA’s February 1989 Report on Computer Modernization Is Incomplete, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. Hernandez, Impact of the Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 on monthly caseworker visits to children in Los Angeles County on California’s foster care system, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
G.G. Gustines, Robert Kirkman Plans New Comic Book Series, New York Times. (2017) C3.

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 titleResults in Immunology
AbbreviationResults Immunol.
ISSN (print)2211-2839

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