How to format your references using the Current Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current 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
Kovacs JA (2003) Biochemistry. How iron activates O2. Science 299:1024–1025
A journal article with 2 authors
Junquera J, Ghosez P (2003) Critical thickness for ferroelectricity in perovskite ultrathin films. Nature 422:506–509
A journal article with 3 authors
Van Hoof C, Baert K, Witvrouw A (2004) Physics. The best materials for tiny, clever sensors. Science 306:986–987
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Penna A, Demuro A, Yeromin AV, et al (2008) The CRAC channel consists of a tetramer formed by Stim-induced dimerization of Orai dimers. Nature 456:116–120

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bai Y (2012) Practical Database Programming with Visual Basic.NET. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Matthäus-Maier I, Pischke JD von (eds) (2006) Microfinance Investment Funds: Leveraging Private Capital for Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Belleannée C, Sallou O, Nicolas J (2014) Logol: Expressive Pattern Matching in Sequences. Application to Ribosomal Frameshift Modeling. In: Comin M, Käll L, Marchiori E, et al. (eds) Pattern Recognition in Bioinformatics: 9th IAPR International Conference, PRIB 2014, Stockholm, Sweden, August 21-23, 2014. Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 34–47

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 Genetics.

Blog post
Hale T (2016) Japan’s Cherry Blossom Festivals Are Becoming Threatened By Beetles. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (1998) Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Federal Depository Institution Regulators Are Making Progress, But Challenges Remain. 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
Peters WC (2017) An Evaluation of the Relationship Between Critical Technology Developments and Technology Maturity. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
Crow K (2002) A Glimpse of Vaudeville In a Renovated Movie House. New York Times 144

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Kovacs 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Kovacs 2003; Junquera and Ghosez 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Junquera and Ghosez 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Penna et al. 2008)

About the journal

Full journal titleCurrent Genetics
AbbreviationCurr. Genet.
ISSN (print)0172-8083
ISSN (online)1432-0983
General Medicine

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