How to format your references using the Applied & Translational Genomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Applied & Translational Genomics. 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
Schoggins, J.W., 2015. IMMUNOLOGY. Viruses carry antiviral cargo. Science 349, 1166–1167.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scott, S.H., Crevecoeur, F., 2014. Neuroscience: Feedback throttled down for smooth moves. Nature 509, 38–39.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nowak, M.A., Komarova, N.L., Niyogi, P., 2001. Evolution of universal grammar. Science 291, 114–118.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Heun, P., Laroche, T., Shimada, K., Furrer, P., Gasser, S.M., 2001. Chromosome dynamics in the yeast interphase nucleus. Science 294, 2181–2186.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Crowl, D.A., 2003. Understanding Explosions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Dan, G.-A., Bayés de Luna, A., Camm, J. (Eds.), 2014. Atrial Fibrillation Therapy, Current Cardiovascular Therapy. Springer, London.
A chapter in an edited book
Ashida, G., Wagner, H., Carr, C.E., 2010. Processing of Phase-Locked Spikes and Periodic Signals, in: Grün, S., Rotter, S. (Eds.), Analysis of Parallel Spike Trains. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 59–74.

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 Applied & Translational Genomics.

Blog post
Hale, T., 2017. Scientists Forced To Abandon Antarctic Lab For Winter Due To Growing Ice Crack [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2002. Internet Management: Limited Progress on Privatization Project Makes Outcome Uncertain (No. GAO-02-805T). 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
Corral, D.C., 2010. A grant proposal: Parent and adolescent support group (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Moschen, I., 2013. An Amenity That’s Going Places. New York Times RE8.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Schoggins, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Schoggins, 2015; Scott and Crevecoeur, 2014).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Scott and Crevecoeur, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Heun et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleApplied & Translational Genomics
AbbreviationAppl. Transl. Genom.
ISSN (print)2212-0661
Molecular Biology
Pharmaceutical Science

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