How to format your references using the Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics. 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
Collins MO. 2009. Cell biology. Evolving cell signals. Science. 325(5948):1635–36
A journal article with 2 authors
Muerdter F, Stark A. 2014. Genomics: Hiding in plain sight. Nature. 512(7515):374–75
A journal article with 3 authors
Van Horn RC, Watts HE, Holekamp KE. 2008. Do female hyaenas choose mates based on tenure? Nature. 454(7201):E1; discussion E2
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Zhu X, Yan Z, Wu W, Zeng W, Du Y, et al. 2014. Manipulating size of Li3V2(PO4)3 with reduced graphene oxide: towards high-performance composite cathode for lithium ion batteries. Sci. Rep. 4:5768

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Abu-Jamous B, Fa R, Nandi AK. 2015. Integrative Cluster Analysis in Bioinformatics. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
An edited book
Kpodonu J, Haulon S, eds. 2013. Atlas of Advanced Endoaortic Surgery. London: Springer. XVIII, 169 p. 329 illus., 167 illus. in color p.
A chapter in an edited book
Bhattarai BP. 2012. Distribution and Diversity of Storks in the Adjoining Areas of Chitwan National Park, Nepal. In Himalayan Biodiversity in the Changing World, ed P Kindlmann, pp. 97–114. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands

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 Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2014. New Test Detects Fatal Brain Disease Earlier And More Accurately Than Previous Methods. IFLScience.


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. 1995. Amtrak: Issues for Reauthorization. T-RCED-95-132, 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
Gordon RL. 2010. Neural and behavioral correlates of song prosody. Doctoral dissertation thesis. Florida Atlantic University

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
Greenhouse L. 2006. After 30 Years, Supreme Court History Project Turns a Final Page. New York Times, Dec. 30, p. A15

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (2).
This sentence cites two references (2, 4).
This sentence cites four references (2, 4, 6, 8).

About the journal

Full journal titleAnnual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics
AbbreviationAnnu. Rev. Genomics Hum. Genet.
ISSN (print)1527-8204
ISSN (online)1545-293X
Molecular Biology

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