How to format your references using the The EMBO Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The EMBO Journal. 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
Schekman RW (2008) Retrospective: George E. Palade (1912-2008). Science 322: 695
A journal article with 2 authors
Sikes JM & Newmark PA (2013) Restoration of anterior regeneration in a planarian with limited regenerative ability. Nature 500: 77–80
A journal article with 3 authors
Zhou Z, Clarke JA & Zhang F (2002) Archaeoraptor’s better half. Nature 420: 285
A journal article with 21 or more authors
Whitehead GG, Makino S, Lien C-L & Keating MT (2005) fgf20 is essential for initiating zebrafish fin regeneration. Science 310: 1957–1960

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Johnson DW & Woodward JL (2010) Release Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Schwartz DD (2015) Healthcare Partnerships for Pediatric Adherence: Promoting Collaborative Management for Pediatric Chronic Illness Care Axelrad ME (ed) Cham: Springer International Publishing
A chapter in an edited book
Rasse A, Perronne J-M, Muller P-A & Thirion B (2006) Using Process Algebra to Validate Behavioral Aspects of Object-Oriented Models. In Satellite Events at the MoDELS 2005 Conference: MoDELS 2005 International Workshops Doctoral Symposium, Educators Symposium Montego Bay, Jamaica, October 2-7, 2005 Revised Selected Papers, Bruel J-M (ed) pp 39–47. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer

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 The EMBO Journal.

Blog post
O`Callaghan J (2015) NASA Set To Make Huge Announcement On Thursday Regarding Mars’ Atmosphere. IFLScience Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/space/nasa-announce-key-findings-fate-martian-atmosphere/ [Accessed October 30, 2018]

Reports

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 (1975) Implementation of the Older Americans Comprehensive Services Amendments of 1973 Washington, DC: 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
French DC (2012) A Case against E-Waste: Where One Country’s Trash is (Not) Another Country’s Treasure: Developing National E-Waste Legislation to Regulate E-Waste Exportation.

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
Walsh MW (2011) A.I.G. Tells Shareholders Stock Sale Still Planned. New York Times: B8

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schekman, 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Schekman, 2008; Sikes & Newmark, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Sikes & Newmark, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Whitehead et al, 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleThe EMBO Journal
AbbreviationEMBO J.
ISSN (print)0261-4189
ISSN (online)1460-2075
ScopeGeneral Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Molecular Biology
General Immunology and Microbiology
General Neuroscience

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