How to format your references using the Translational Proteomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Translational Proteomics. 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
S. Pawar, Ecology. Why are plant-pollinator networks nested?, Science. 345 (2014) 383.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. Choi, P.T.C. So, Improving femtosecond laser pulse delivery through a hollow core photonic crystal fiber for temporally focused two-photon endomicroscopy, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6626.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.L. Sinsabaugh, B.H. Hill, J.J. Follstad Shah, Ecoenzymatic stoichiometry of microbial organic nutrient acquisition in soil and sediment, Nature. 462 (2009) 795–798.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Liu, L. Sun, X. Zhou, Y. Luo, W. Huang, C. Yang, Y. Wang, T. Huang, A 1400-year terrigenous dust record on a coral island in South China Sea, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4994.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
F.M. Li, A. Nathan, Y. Wu, B.S. Ong, Organic Thin Film Transistor Integration, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2011.
An edited book
I. Lirkov, S.D. Margenov, J. Waśniewski, eds., Large-Scale Scientific Computing: 10th International Conference, LSSC 2015, Sozopol, Bulgaria, June 8-12, 2015. Revised Selected Papers, 1st ed. 2015, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Carrara, New Concepts in Human Telemetry, in: W. Burleson, S. Carrara (Eds.), Security and Privacy for Implantable Medical Devices, Springer, New York, NY, 2014: pp. 93–128.

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 Translational Proteomics.

Blog post
E. Andrew, You Could Have Your Very Own Jetpack by Late 2016, IFLScience. (2015).


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, NSA Methods of Acquiring Automatic Data Processing Equipment, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1976.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.A. Nolan, Ecopoetry and ecocentrism: The poetics of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
M. Kelly, Political Memo; “New Democrats” Say Clinton Has Veered Left and Left Them, New York Times. (1993) 120.

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 titleTranslational Proteomics
AbbreviationTransl. Proteom.
ISSN (print)2212-9626

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