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
Errico A. Judge by actions, not words. Nature 2015; 522(7557):393.
A journal article with 2 authors
Thermann R, Hentze MW. Drosophila miR2 induces pseudo-polysomes and inhibits translation initiation. Nature 2007; 447(7146):875–78.
A journal article with 3 authors
Fonseca PJ, Münch D, Hennig RM. How cicadas interpret acoustic signals. Nature 2000; 405(6784):297–98.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Li H, Wang J, Mor G, et al. A neoplastic gene fusion mimics trans-splicing of RNAs in normal human cells. Science 2008; 321(5894):1357–61.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weinstein S. The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management,. 2009[Online] John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ 2009.
An edited book
Villar Piqué G. CMOS Integrated Switching Power Converters: A Structured Design Approach,. 2011[Online] Springer: New York, NY 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Aitchison K. No Going Back: Remembering When British Archaeology Changed Forever. In: Jameson JH, Eogan J, Eds. Training and Practice for Modern Day Archaeologists Springer: New York, NY 2013; pp. 53–67.

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
Davis J. Bats Cock Their Heads In An Adorable Way To Help Them Hunt Better. 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. Environmental Protection: Bibliography of GAO Documents, August 1988-April 1990. 1990[Online] U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kim CS. Electronic Transport of Thin Crystals in Ruthenium Chloride. 2017[Online] [Doctoral dissertation] California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA 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
Shpigel B. While Nashville Parties, the Predators Cut Loose. New York Times 2017 Jun. 4[Online] 2017 Jun. 4 SP7.

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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