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
Henry RC. The mental Universe. Nature 2005; 436(7047):29.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bakker HJ, Nienhuys H-K. Delocalization of protons in liquid water. Science 2002; 297(5581):587–90.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yu H, Tang H, Xu P. Green strategy from waste to value-added-chemical production: efficient biosynthesis of 6-hydroxy-3-succinoyl-pyridine by an engineered biocatalyst. Sci Rep 2014; 4:5397.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Monteverde M, Núñez-Regueiro M, Rogado N, et al. Pressure dependence of the superconducting transition temperature of magnesium diboride. Science 2001; 292(5514):75–77.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
O’Connor D. God, Evil, and Design,. 2009[Online] Blackwell Publishing Ltd.: Oxford, UK 2009.
An edited book
Koubaa A, Khelil A, editors. Cooperative Robots and Sensor Networks 2014,. 2014[Online] Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Law B, Park KJ, Lacki MJ. Insectivorous Bats and Silviculture: Balancing Timber Production and Bat Conservation. In: Voigt CC, Kingston T, Eds. Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World Springer International Publishing: Cham 2016; pp. 105–50.

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
Luntz S. Endangered Mountain Pygmy Possums Born. IFLScience 2015[Online] IFLScience 2015 [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. Highway Safety: Selected Cases of Commercial Drivers with Potentially Disqualifying Impairments. 2012[Online] U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Haigh CV. More Than Skin Deep: The Impact of Self-Esteem, Desire for Lighter Skin, and Gender on the Mental Health of University Students in Thailand. 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
Eldred SM, Eligon J. Doctor Saw Prince a Day Before His Death. New York Times 2016 May 11[Online] 2016 May 11 A10.

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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