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
A. Ferrara, Astronomy. Radio noise from dust grains, Science. 295 (2002) 638–639.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.-Y. Lee, R. MacKinnon, A membrane-access mechanism of ion channel inhibition by voltage sensor toxins from spider venom, Nature. 430 (2004) 232–235.
A journal article with 3 authors
L. Renault, B. Guibert, J. Cherfils, Structural snapshots of the mechanism and inhibition of a guanine nucleotide exchange factor, Nature. 426 (2003) 525–530.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
E. Szenker-Ravi, U. Altunoglu, M. Leushacke, C. Bosso-Lefèvre, M. Khatoo, H. Thi Tran, T. Naert, R. Noelanders, A. Hajamohideen, C. Beneteau, S.B. de Sousa, B. Karaman, X. Latypova, S. Başaran, E.B. Yücel, T.T. Tan, L. Vlaminck, S.S. Nayak, A. Shukla, K.M. Girisha, C. Le Caignec, N. Soshnikova, Z.O. Uyguner, K. Vleminckx, N. Barker, H. Kayserili, B. Reversade, RSPO2 inhibition of RNF43 and ZNRF3 governs limb development independently of LGR4/5/6, Nature. 557 (2018) 564–569.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Evans, Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, CA, USA, 2010.
An edited book
J. Świątek, L. Borzemski, A. Grzech, Z. Wilimowska, eds., Information Systems Architecture and Technology: Proceedings of 36th International Conference on Information Systems Architecture and Technology – ISAT 2015 – Part III, 1st ed. 2016, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
X. Chen, C. Wang, A.N. Shajahan, R.B. Riggins, R. Clarke, J. Xuan, Reconstruction of Transcription Regulatory Networks by Stability-Based Network Component Analysis, in: L. Bleris, I. Măndoiu, R. Schwartz, J. Wang (Eds.), Bioinformatics Research and Applications: 8th International Symposium, ISBRA 2012, Dallas, TX, USA, May 21-23, 2012. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 36–47.

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, Are Hospitals The Safest Place For Healthy Women To Have Babies? An Obstetrician Thinks Twice, IFLScience. (2015). (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, FCC: Access to Telecommunications Equipment and Services by Persons With Disabilities, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. Naro, The effects of the structural components of 4-H residential summer programs on the achievement of the essential elements of positive youth development and the acquisition of targeted life skills, Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, 2016.

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
G. Vecsey, Fans in Green and Blue Give Life to Drab Stadium, New York Times. (2010) B10.

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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