How to format your references using the BMC Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for BMC 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
1. Butt H-J. Materials science. Controlling the flow of suspensions. Science. 2011;331:868–9.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Rappuoli R, Covacci A. Reverse vaccinology and genomics. Science. 2003;302:602.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Hahnloser RHR, Kozhevnikov AA, Fee MS. An ultra-sparse code underlies the generation of neural sequences in a songbird. Nature. 2002;419:65–70.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Chang CC, Nicholson AN, Rinaldi E, Berkowitz E, Garron N, Brantley DA, et al. A per-cent-level determination of the nucleon axial coupling from quantum chromodynamics. Nature. 2018;558:91–4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Tms. Engineering Solutions for Sustainability. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2011.
An edited book
1. Freire J, Koop D, Moreau L, editors. Provenance and Annotation of Data and Processes: Second International Provenance and Annotation Workshop, IPAW 2008, Salt Lake City, UT, USA, June 17-18, 2008. Revised Selected Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Diochot S, Lazdunski M. Sea Anemone Toxins Affecting Potassium Channels. In: Fusetani N, Kem W, editors. Marine Toxins as Research Tools. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009. p. 99–122.

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 BMC Genetics.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Historic Close-Ups Of Pluto And Its Moon Charon Present Puzzle For Scientists. IFLScience. 2015. https://www.iflscience.com/space/historic-close-ups-pluto-and-its-moon-charon-present-puzzle-scientists/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018.

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. Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: DOD Guidance Needed to Protect Government’s Interest. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. McClenahan A. The Impact of Media Promulgated Fear on the Psyche: Love Will Prevail. Doctoral dissertation. Pacifica Graduate Institute; 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. Schwartz J. Picking a Portfolio With Pokéballs. New York Times. 2016;:BU19.

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 titleBMC Genetics
AbbreviationBMC Genet.
ISSN (online)1471-2156
ScopeGenetics
Genetics(clinical)

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