How to format your references using the Algorithms for Molecular Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Algorithms for Molecular Biology. 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
1. Heuser J. Retrospective. “My little spontaneous blips.” Science. 2003;300:1248.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Forneris F, Mattevi A. Enzymes without borders: mobilizing substrates, delivering products. Science. 2008;321:213–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Childers SE, Ciufo S, Lovley DR. Geobacter metallireducens accesses insoluble Fe(III) oxide by chemotaxis. Nature. 2002;416:767–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Lu PJ, Zaccarelli E, Ciulla F, Schofield AB, Sciortino F, Weitz DA. Gelation of particles with short-range attraction. Nature. 2008;453:499–503.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Kim H-G, Moreau N, Sikora T. MPEG-7 Audio and Beyond. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2006.
An edited book
1. Klemm D, editor. Polysaccharides II. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Lennquist S. Response to Major Incidents and Disasters: An Important Part of Trauma Management. In: Oestern H-J, Trentz O, Uranues S, editors. General Trauma Care and Related Aspects: Trauma Surgery II. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014. p. 31–68.

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 Algorithms for Molecular Biology.

Blog post
1. Davis J. Scientists Have Found The Best Way To Treat A Jellyfish Sting, And No, It’s Not Pee [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2017 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/scientists-have-found-the-best-way-to-treat-a-jellyfish-sting-and-no-its-not-pee/

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Aviation and the Environment: Systematically Addressing Environmental Impacts and Community Concerns Can Help Airports Reduce Project Delays. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2010 Sep. Report No.: GAO-10-50.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Coles J. The Balancing of Parental Support and Pressure in Fostering Collegiate Athletes [Doctoral dissertation]. [Scottsdale, AZ]: Northcentral University; 2017.

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
1. Kanter J, Eddy M. E.U. Official Apologizes For Comments On Chinese. New York Times. 2016 Nov 3;A13.

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 titleAlgorithms for Molecular Biology
AbbreviationAlgorithms Mol. Biol.
ISSN (online)1748-7188
ScopeMolecular Biology
Structural Biology
Computational Theory and Mathematics
Applied Mathematics

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