How to format your references using the Development Genes and Evolution citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Development Genes and Evolution. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Pratt ST (2014) Ultrafast dynamics. Charge transfer goes the distance. Science 345:267–268
A journal article with 2 authors
Nandagopal N, Elowitz MB (2011) Synthetic biology: integrated gene circuits. Science 333:1244–1248
A journal article with 3 authors
Yi C, Wei S, Hendrey G (2014) Warming climate extends dryness-controlled areas of terrestrial carbon sequestration. Sci Rep 4:5472
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sander PM, Mateus O, Laven T, Knötschke N (2006) Bone histology indicates insular dwarfism in a new Late Jurassic sauropod dinosaur. Nature 441:739–741

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Simon P, Brousse T, Favier F (2017) Supercapacitors Based on Carbon or Pseudocapacitive Materials. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Krishnan SPT (2015) Building Your Next Big Thing with Google Cloud Platform: A Guide for Developers and Enterprise Architects. Apress, Berkeley, CA
A chapter in an edited book
Bacon S (2016) The Expectational Body: The Becoming of the Tortured Vampire Horde in Daybreakers. In: de Valk M (ed) Screening the Tortured Body: The Cinema as Scaffold. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, pp 71–88

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 Development Genes and Evolution.

Blog post
O`Callaghan J (2015) Rosetta Maps Gas On Comet 67P For First Time. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/space/rosetta-maps-gas-comet-67p-first-time/. 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 (2006) Wood Utilization: Federal Research and Product Development Activities, Support, and Technology Transfer. 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
Larson SE (2014) A case of rational irrationality: Evidence of expressive interest bias in state e-commerce sales and use tax legislation. Doctoral dissertation, Indiana 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
Brantley B (2016) An Odder Couple Takes the Stage. New York Times C1

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Pratt 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Nandagopal and Elowitz 2011; Pratt 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Nandagopal and Elowitz 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (Sander et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleDevelopment Genes and Evolution
AbbreviationDev. Genes Evol.
ISSN (print)0949-944X
ISSN (online)1432-041X
ScopeDevelopmental Biology
Genetics

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