How to format your references using the Current Gene Therapy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Gene Therapy. 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
Berkley S. Share the risks of Ebola vaccine development. Nature 2015; 519(7543):263.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gatfield D, Schibler U. Physiology. Proteasomes keep the circadian clock ticking. Science 2007; 316(5828):1135–36.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ruff CC, Ugazio G, Fehr E. Changing social norm compliance with noninvasive brain stimulation. Science 2013; 342(6157):482–84.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wei C-J, Boyington JC, McTamney PM, et al. Induction of broadly neutralizing H1N1 influenza antibodies by vaccination. Science 2010; 329(5995):1060–64.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Damrosch D. How to Read World Literature,. 2017[Online] John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK 2017.
An edited book
Zhai M, editor. Precambrian Geology of China,. 2015[Online] 1st ed. 2015 Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Gunderman RB. Philosophical Considerations in Educational Assessment. In: Hibbert KM, Chhem RK, Deven T van, et al., Eds. Radiology Education: The Evaluation and Assessment of Clinical Competence Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg 2012; pp. 49–54.

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 Current Gene Therapy.

Blog post
Taub B. Brainless Slime Is Capable Of Learning. IFLScience 2016[Online] IFLScience 2016 [cited 2018]. Available at:


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. Compensatory Education: Chapter 1’s Comparability of Services Provision. 1987[Online] U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC 1987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Milillo MS. Analysis of emotional intelligence among management leaders and non-management leaders in software development. 2009[Online] [Doctoral dissertation] University of Phoenix: Phoenix, AZ 2009.

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
Gorman J. First Americans: This Dog Is Quite Proud, Despite All Appearances. New York Times 2017 Apr. 25[Online] 2017 Apr. 25 D2.

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 titleCurrent Gene Therapy
AbbreviationCurr. Gene Ther.
ISSN (print)1566-5232
ISSN (online)1875-5631
Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine
Drug Discovery

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