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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Seminars 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.
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
A.F. Huxley, Obituary: David Keynes Hill (1915-2002), Nature. 419 (2002) 800.
A journal article with 2 authors
L. Cheng, A. AghaKouchak, Nonstationary precipitation Intensity-Duration-Frequency curves for infrastructure design in a changing climate, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7093.
A journal article with 3 authors
H.I. Karunadasa, C.J. Chang, J.R. Long, A molecular molybdenum-oxo catalyst for generating hydrogen from water, Nature. 464 (2010) 1329–1333.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.C. Ghani, N.M. Ferguson, C.A. Donnelly, R.M. Anderson, Predicted vCJD mortality in Great Britain, Nature. 406 (2000) 583–584.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P. Inness, S. Dorling, Operational Weather Forecasting, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
J. Hannibal, Neuronal Input Pathways to the Brain’s Biological Clock and their Functional Significance, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Kuntze, A.U. Schmidt, Trusted Ticket Systems and Applications, in: H. Venter, M. Eloff, L. Labuschagne, J. Eloff, R. von Solms (Eds.), New Approaches for Security, Privacy and Trust in Complex Environments: Proceedings of the IFIP TC-11 22nd International Information Security Conference (SEC 2007), 14–16 May 2007, Sandton, South Africa, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2007: pp. 49–60.

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 Seminars in Immunology.

Blog post
E. Andrew, The Things People Ask About The Scientific Consensus On Climate Change, 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, NASA’s Space Vision: Business Case for Prometheus 1 Needed to Ensure Requirements Match Available Resources, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.M. O’Connell, Customer retention and leadership in the nonprofit healthcare organization, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2008.

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
J. Williams, A Different View of London, New York Times. (2016) BR6.

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 titleSeminars in Immunology
AbbreviationSemin. Immunol.
ISSN (print)1044-5323
Immunology and Allergy

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