How to format your references using the Systematic and Applied Microbiology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Systematic and Applied Microbiology (SYAPM). 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
Barbier, E. (2010) How is the Global Green New Deal going? Nature 464(7290), 832–3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Samuel, I.D., Beeby, A. (2000) Display technology. Sidestepping the selection rules. Nature 403(6771), 710–1.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tosi, L., Teatini, P., Strozzi, T. (2013) Natural versus anthropogenic subsidence of Venice. Sci. Rep. 3, 2710.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Pestova, T.V., Lomakin, I.B., Lee, J.H., Choi, S.K., Dever, T.E., Hellen, C.U. (2000) The joining of ribosomal subunits in eukaryotes requires eIF5B. Nature 403(6767), 332–5.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Burwick, F. (2015) Romanticism. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Stippich, C. (2015) Clinical Functional MRI: Presurgical Functional Neuroimaging. 2nd ed. 2015, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Headleand, C.J., Jackson, J., Williams, B., Priday, L., Teahan, W.J., Ap Cenydd, L. (2016) How the Perceived Identity of a NPC Companion Influences Player Behavior. In: Gavrilova, M.L., Tan, C.J.K., Sourin, A., (Eds.), Transactions on Computational Science XXVIII: Special Issue on Cyberworlds and Cybersecurity, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 88–107.

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 Systematic and Applied Microbiology.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2016) Most Vitamins Are Useless, But Here Are The Ones You Should Take. IFLScience. [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. (2011) Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Federal Teacher Quality Programs. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Seymour, C.R. (2017) Natives Versus Exotics and Grasses Versus Forbs: A Long-Term Study of Vegetation in La Jolla Valley. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2017.

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
Barron, J. (2016) A Band Helps the East Village Heal After a Devastating Gas Explosion. New York Times, A14.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [2,4].
This sentence cites four references [2,5,7,8].

About the journal

Full journal titleSystematic and Applied Microbiology
AbbreviationSyst. Appl. Microbiol.
ISSN (print)0723-2020
ISSN (online)1618-0984
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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