How to format your references using the Conservation Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Conservation 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
Edwards PP (2011) Chemistry. Electrons in cement. Science 333:49–50
A journal article with 2 authors
Beg AA, Scheiffele P (2006) Neuroscience. SUMO wrestles the synapse. Science 311:962–963
A journal article with 3 authors
Scarf D, Hayne H, Colombo M (2011) Pigeons on par with primates in numerical competence. Science 334:1664
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Wang H, Ma LG, Li JM, et al (2001) Direct interaction of Arabidopsis cryptochromes with COP1 in light control development. Science 294:154–158

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lombard M (2011) SolidWorks® 2011 Parts Bible. Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA
An edited book
Ewing R (2013) Measuring Urban Design: Metrics for Livable Places. Island Press/Center for Resource Economics, Washington, DC
A chapter in an edited book
Khattab A, Perkins D, Bayoumi M (2013) Rate-Adaptive Probabilistic Approach for Opportunistic Spectrum Access. In: Perkins D, Bayoumi M (eds) Cognitive Radio Networks: From Theory to Practice. Springer, New York, NY, pp 41–47

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 Conservation Genetics.

Blog post
Andrews R (2015) New Rover Will Reach Mars In 2018 And Drill Two Meters Below The Surface In Search Of Life. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/space/exomars-rover-hopes-search-martian-life-oxi-planum-2018/. 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
Government Accountability Office (2003) Direct Student Loan Program: Management Actions Could Enhance Customer Service. 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
Hatcher R (2012) Guide to improvisation for Mozart’s serenade in Bb Major, K. 361, the “Gran Partita.” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Barron J (2016) Advice, and a Shop, for the Sleep-Deprived. New York Times A21

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Edwards 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Beg and Scheiffele 2006; Edwards 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Beg and Scheiffele 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Wang et al. 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleConservation Genetics
AbbreviationConserv. Genet.
ISSN (print)1566-0621
ISSN (online)1572-9737
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Genetics

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