How to format your references using the Ultramicroscopy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Ultramicroscopy. 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
T.B.L. Kirkwood, A systematic look at an old problem, Nature. 451 (2008) 644–647.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Digicaylioglu, S.A. Lipton, Erythropoietin-mediated neuroprotection involves cross-talk between Jak2 and NF-kappaB signalling cascades, Nature. 412 (2001) 641–647.
A journal article with 3 authors
L.T. Morran, M.D. Parmenter, P.C. Phillips, Mutation load and rapid adaptation favour outcrossing over self-fertilization, Nature. 462 (2009) 350–352.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Solan, B.J. Cardinale, A.L. Downing, K.A.M. Engelhardt, J.L. Ruesink, D.S. Srivastava, Extinction and ecosystem function in the marine benthos, Science. 306 (2004) 1177–1180.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.L. Peterson, F.F. Murtha, MarketPsych, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
C. Plewa, J. Conduit, eds., Making a Difference Through Marketing: A Quest for Diverse Perspectives, Springer, Singapore, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Popovici, A. Jerraya, Hardware Abstraction Layer, in: W. Ecker, W. Müller, R. Dömer (Eds.), Hardware-Dependent Software: Principles and Practice, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2009: pp. 67–94.

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 Ultramicroscopy.

Blog post
E. Andrew, European Weather-Monitoring Satellite Takes Its First Image Of Earth, 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, Offshoring: U.S. Semiconductor and Software Industries Increasingly Produce in China and India, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T. Watterson, Changes in Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Social Support for Middle School Students Using the AFIT App as a Supplement to Instruction in a Physical Education Class, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 2012.

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
S. Dynarski, America Can Fix Its Student Loan Crisis. Ask Australia, New York Times. (2016) BU6.

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 titleUltramicroscopy
ISSN (print)0304-3991
ScopeElectronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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