How to format your references using the Serials Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Serials Review. 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
Nürnberg, D. (2000). PALEOCLIMATE: Taking the Temperature of Past Ocean Surfaces. Science (New York, N.Y.), 289(5485), 1698–1699.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tomasello, M., & Call, J. (2011). Methodological challenges in the study of primate cognition. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6060), 1227–1228.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yao, M.-C., Fuller, P., & Xi, X. (2003). Programmed DNA deletion as an RNA-guided system of genome defense. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5625), 1581–1584.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Sayah, D. M., Sokolskaja, E., Berthoux, L., & Luban, J. (2004). Cyclophilin A retrotransposition into TRIM5 explains owl monkey resistance to HIV-1. Nature, 430(6999), 569–573.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Yakushevich, L. V. (2005). Nonlinear Physics of DNA. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Braz, J., Ranchordas, A., Araújo, H., & Jorge, J. (Eds.). (2007). Advances in Computer Graphics and Computer Vision: International Conferences VISAPP and GRAPP 2006, Setúbal, Portugal, February 25-28, 2006, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 4). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Madan, R., & Rupani, R. (2015). A 46 Year Old African American Woman with White Spots. In R. Rupani (Ed.), Clinical Cases in Integrative Dermatology (pp. 33–43). Springer International Publishing.

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 Serials Review.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2015, June 15). What Greyscale On Game Of Thrones Has In Common With Leprosy. 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. (1993). Air Traffic Control: Uncertainties and Challenges Face FAA’s Advanced Automated System (T-RCED-93-30). 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
Crowell, M. L. (2016). A Case Study into the Perception of World Language Study of All Stakeholders in a Suburban Midwest School District [Doctoral dissertation]. Lindenwood University.

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
Qiu, L. (2017, June 13). Misleading Statements From President’s Cabinet. New York Times, A13.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Nürnberg, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Nürnberg, 2000; Tomasello & Call, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Tomasello & Call, 2011)
  • Three authors: (Yao et al., 2003)
  • 6 or more authors: (Sayah et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleSerials Review
ISSN (print)0098-7913
ScopeLibrary and Information Sciences

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