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
Glaeser E. Cities, productivity, and quality of life. Science 2011; 333(6042):592–94.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaser A, Blumberg RS. Cell biology: Stressful genetics in Crohn’s disease. Nature 2014; 506(7489):441–42.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yoshizawa M, Tamura M, Fujita M. Diels-alder in aqueous molecular hosts: unusual regioselectivity and efficient catalysis. Science 2006; 312(5771):251–54.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Rosso G, Liashkovich I, Gess B, et al. Unravelling crucial biomechanical resilience of myelinated peripheral nerve fibres provided by the Schwann cell basal lamina and PMP22. Sci Rep 2014; 4:7286.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Zhang L, Peng M, Chang D, et al. Dam Failure Mechanisms and Risk Assessment,. 2016[Online] John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd: Singapore 2016.
An edited book
Fichera A, Krane MK, editors. Crohn’s Disease: Basic Principles,. 2015[Online] Springer International Publishing: Cham 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Atweh B. Quality and Equity in Mathematics Education as Ethical Issues. In: Atweh B, Graven M, Secada W, et al., Eds. Mapping Equity and Quality in Mathematics Education Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht 2011; pp. 63–75.

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. New Survey Reveals More Mysteries At Stonehenge. IFLScience 2014[Online] IFLScience 2014 [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. Information Technology: A Model to Help Managers Decrease Acquisition Risks. 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
Crowell ML. A Case Study into the Perception of World Language Study of All Stakeholders in a Suburban Midwest School District. 2016[Online] [Doctoral dissertation] Lindenwood University: St. Charles, MO 2016.

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
Greenhouse L. Justices Reject Suit on Federal Money for Faith-Based Office. New York Times 2007 Jun. 26[Online] 2007 Jun. 26 A18.

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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