How to format your references using the Toxicon: X citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Toxicon: X. 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
Reitz, S.R., 2007. Ecology. Invasion of the whiteflies. Science 318, 1733–1734.
A journal article with 2 authors
Holt, C.E., Bullock, S.L., 2009. Subcellular mRNA localization in animal cells and why it matters. Science 326, 1212–1216.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hattori, Y., Tomonaga, M., Matsuzawa, T., 2013. Spontaneous synchronized tapping to an auditory rhythm in a chimpanzee. Sci. Rep. 3, 1566.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Matsuda, K., Miura, E., Miyazaki, T., Kakegawa, W., Emi, K., Narumi, S., Fukazawa, Y., Ito-Ishida, A., Kondo, T., Shigemoto, R., Watanabe, M., Yuzaki, M., 2010. Cbln1 is a ligand for an orphan glutamate receptor delta2, a bidirectional synapse organizer. Science 328, 363–368.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Berthou, P., Baudoin, C., Gayraud, T., Gineste, M., 2015. Satellite and Terrestrial Hybrid Networks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Matyáš, R., 2013. Primary Explosives. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Lampert, A., Eberhardt, M., Waxman, S.G., 2014. Altered Sodium Channel Gating as Molecular Basis for Pain: Contribution of Activation, Inactivation, and Resurgent Currents, in: Ruben, P.C. (Ed.), Voltage Gated Sodium Channels, Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 91–110.

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 Toxicon: X.

Blog post
Davis, J., 2015. Scientists Create Yeast That Produces THC [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1994. Space Station: Plans to Expand Research Community Do Not Match Available Resources (No. NSIAD-95-33). 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
Rakusin, L.L., 2010. Intervening to reduce adolescent substance abuse: A grant proposal (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Mcgirr, M., 2017. Sink Into the Silence of Summer. New York Times SR9.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Reitz, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Holt and Bullock, 2009; Reitz, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Holt and Bullock, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Matsuda et al., 2010)

About the journal

Full journal titleToxicon: X
ISSN (print)2590-1710

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