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
Montgomery MH (2011) Astronomy. Shooting for the stars. Science 332:180–181
A journal article with 2 authors
Farley KA, Mukhopadhyay S (2001) An extraterrestrial impact at the Permian-Triassic boundary? Science 293:2343
A journal article with 3 authors
Gunanathan C, Ben-David Y, Milstein D (2007) Direct synthesis of amides from alcohols and amines with liberation of H2. Science 317:790–792
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sun H, Ma H, Hong G, et al (2014) Survival improvement in patients with pancreatic cancer by decade: a period analysis of the SEER database, 1981-2010. Sci Rep 4:6747

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Spiegel R (2005) Psychopharmacology. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Davidson L (2006) Pro SQL Server 2005 Database Design and Optimization. Apress, Berkeley, CA
A chapter in an edited book
Shi M, Zhang Z, Zhou D (2015) Studies on Carrying Capacity of Water Resources in Beijing and Tianjin: Based on the Water Footprint. In: Wen K, Zhu E (eds) Report on Development of Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei Province (2013): Measurement of Carrying Capacity and Countermeasures. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 99–118

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 D (2016) I Spent The Past Seven Years Counting White Sharks – The Findings Are Troubling. 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 (2005) Air Traffic Control: Preliminary Observations on Commercialized Air Navigation Service Providers. 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
Blalock JM (2014) The Links at St Andrews, Scotland A phenomenological hermeneutic exploration of golf’s primordial place. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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
Brantley B (2016) What Would a Modern Sophocles Do? Perhaps He Would Pucker Up. New York Times C5

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Montgomery 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Farley and Mukhopadhyay 2001; Montgomery 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Farley and Mukhopadhyay 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Sun et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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