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
Eisenstein M (2011) Telomeres: All’s well that ends well. Nature 478:S13-5
A journal article with 2 authors
Hutvágner G, Zamore PD (2002) A microRNA in a multiple-turnover RNAi enzyme complex. Science 297:2056–2060
A journal article with 3 authors
Chalasani R, Gupta A, Vasudevan S (2013) Engineering new layered solids from exfoliated inorganics: a periodically alternating hydrotalcite-montmorillonite layered hybrid. Sci Rep 3:3498
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Budrovic Z, Van Swygenhoven H, Derlet PM, et al (2004) Plastic deformation with reversible peak broadening in nanocrystalline nickel. Science 304:273–276

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baines P, Ferraro J, Rogers P (2010) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing 1660 - 1789. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Blundo C, Cimato S (eds) (2005) Security in Communication Networks: 4th International Conference, SCN 2004, Amalfi, Italy, September 8-10, 2004, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Bayley DH, Weisburd D (2011) Cops and Spooks: The Role of Police in Counterterrorism. In: Weisburd D, Feucht T, Hakimi I, et al. (eds) To Protect and To Serve: Policing in an Age of Terrorism. Springer, New York, NY, pp 81–99

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
Hamilton K (2016) A New Twist To Whodunnit In Science’s Famous Piltdown Man Hoax. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/a-new-twist-to-whodunnit-in-sciences-famous-piltdown-man-hoax/. 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 (1977) Vulnerabilities of Telecommunications Systems to Unauthorized Use. 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
LeBlanc L (2009) Group home placement for children with serious emotional disturbance: A grant proposal project. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Hollander S (1999) Cadets Can’t Catch Cougars. New York Times 811

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Eisenstein 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Hutvágner and Zamore 2002; Eisenstein 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Hutvágner and Zamore 2002)
  • Three or more authors: (Budrovic et al. 2004)

About the journal

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

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