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
Lee PA (2000) High-temperature superconductors. Some vortices like it hot. Nature 406:467–468
A journal article with 2 authors
Sfeir A, de Lange T (2012) Removal of shelterin reveals the telomere end-protection problem. Science 336:593–597
A journal article with 3 authors
Xue S, Calvin K, Li H (2006) RNA recognition and cleavage by a splicing endonuclease. Science 312:906–910
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Breiling A, Turner BM, Bianchi ME, Orlando V (2001) General transcription factors bind promoters repressed by Polycomb group proteins. Nature 412:651–655

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gasch A, Gasch B (2010) Successfully Choosing Your EMR. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Navarro-Arribas G, Torra V (eds) (2015) Advanced Research in Data Privacy. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Figueiredo BR, Litter MI, Silva CR, et al (2010) Medical Geology Studies in South America. In: Selinus O, Finkelman RB, Centeno JA (eds) Medical Geology: A Regional Synthesis. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 79–106

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
Andrew E (2014) Jetpack Will Help Runners Hit 4-Minute Miles. 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 (1987) Natural Gas Regulation: Pipeline Transportation Under FERC Order 436. 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
Tercero N (2010) Characterization and application of morpholino monolayers in nucleic acid diagnostics. Doctoral dissertation, Columbia 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
Novick SM (2015) Flavor Bombs From a Storm-Tossed Chef. New York Times LI7

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Lee 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Lee 2000; Sfeir and de Lange 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Sfeir and de Lange 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Breiling et al. 2001)

About the journal

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

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