How to format your references using the DNA Repair citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for DNA Repair. 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
N. Soker, Astronomy. Nebulae around evolved stars, Science. 315 (2007) 1086–1087.
A journal article with 2 authors
F. Chen, M.A. Krasnow, Progenitor outgrowth from the niche in Drosophila trachea is guided by FGF from decaying branches, Science. 343 (2014) 186–189.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Copley, J.-P. Avouac, B.P. Wernicke, Evidence for mechanical coupling and strong Indian lower crust beneath southern Tibet, Nature. 472 (2011) 79–81.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
V.G. Olson, C.L. Heusner, R.J. Bland, M.J. During, D. Weinshenker, R.D. Palmiter, Role of noradrenergic signaling by the nucleus tractus solitarius in mediating opiate reward, Science. 311 (2006) 1017–1020.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G. Kharmanda, A. El Hami, Reliability in Biomechanics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
M.A. Hayat, ed., Stem Cells and Cancer Stem Cells, Volume 5: Therapeutic Applications in Disease and Injury, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
B.R. Donald, The Compass That Steered Robotics, in: R.L. Constable, A. Silva (Eds.), Logic and Program Semantics: Essays Dedicated to Dexter Kozen on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 50–65.

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 DNA Repair.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Dinosaurs May Have Been Warm-Blooded After All, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 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, Post-9/11 GI Bill: Additional Actions Needed to Help Reduce Overpayments and Increase Collections, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
V.J. Capobianco, Effect of slot height variation on the aerodynamic performance of a circulation control airfoil: A CFD analysis, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
J. Surico, The Film Festival in a Backyard, New York Times. (2017) MB3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleDNA Repair
AbbreviationDNA Repair (Amst.)
ISSN (print)1568-7864
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology

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