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
Hyun I (2006) Fair payment or undue inducement? Nature 442:629–630
A journal article with 2 authors
Jakob M, Hilaire J (2015) Climate science: Unburnable fossil-fuel reserves. Nature 517:150–152
A journal article with 3 authors
O’Riordan M, Moors MA, Portnoy DA (2003) Listeria intracellular growth and virulence require host-derived lipoic acid. Science 302:462–464
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Passafaro M, Nakagawa T, Sala C, Sheng M (2003) Induction of dendritic spines by an extracellular domain of AMPA receptor subunit GluR2. Nature 424:677–681

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kim DM (2015) Introductory Quantum Mechanics for Applied Nanotechnology. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Bertail P, Soulier P, Doukhan P (eds) (2006) Dependence in Probability and Statistics. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Gilbert JK, Justi R (2016) Approaches to Modelling-Based Teaching. In: Justi R (ed) Modelling-based Teaching in Science Education. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 57–80

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
Luntz S (2014) Man Claims He’s Going To Put On A Snake-Proof Suit And Let An Anaconda Swallow Him On Camera. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/film-maker-says-he-will-go-belly-beast/. 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 (2008) Aviation Weather: FAA Is Reevaluating Services at Key Centers; Both FAA and the National Weather Service Need to Better Ensure Product Quality. 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
Al azze Q (2014) Field-Oriented Control of Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motors Based on DSP Controller. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
Gordon M (2015) Many Splendored Things. New York Times BR10

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Hyun 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Hyun 2006; Jakob and Hilaire 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Jakob and Hilaire 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Passafaro et al. 2003)

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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