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
Randolph GJ (2011) Immunology. No need to coax monocytes. Science 332:1268–1269
A journal article with 2 authors
Rehwinkel J, Reis e Sousa C (2010) RIGorous detection: exposing virus through RNA sensing. Science 327:284–286
A journal article with 3 authors
Goldman SR, Ebright RH, Nickels BE (2009) Direct detection of abortive RNA transcripts in vivo. Science 324:927–928
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Schoups A, Vogels R, Qian N, Orban G (2001) Practising orientation identification improves orientation coding in V1 neurons. Nature 412:549–553

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ben Chouikha M (2016) Organizational Design for Knowledge Management. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Liu Q (2014) Novel Optical Technologies for Nanofabrication. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Inglese M, Ge Y, Grossman RI (2007) Magnetization Transfer Imaging. In: Filippi M, Rovaris M, Comi G (eds) Neurodegeneration in Multiple Sclerosis. Springer, Milano, pp 47–53

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 (2015) Polluted Dwarf Star Could Hold The Key To The Origin Of Water On Earth. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/space/polluted-dwarf-star-could-hold-key-origin-water-earth/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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 (1981) Comments on S. 881 and GAO Report on Small-Business Innovation Initiatives. 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
Perez RW (2017) Stepping Stone or Stumbling Block? The Impact of Prior Military Service on Hiring Managers’ Perceptions of Warmth, Competence, and Hirability. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
Vecsey G (2011) It’s Form, Not Dysfunction, on Final Day. New York Times B16

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Randolph 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Rehwinkel and Reis e Sousa 2010; Randolph 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Rehwinkel and Reis e Sousa 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Schoups et al. 2001)

About the journal

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

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