How to format your references using the Ecological Genetics and Genomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Ecological Genetics and Genomics. 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
T.D. Dillehay, Archaeology. Climate and human migrations, Science. 298 (2002) 764–765.
A journal article with 2 authors
H.M. Gonnermann, M. Manga, Explosive volcanism may not be an inevitable consequence of magma fragmentation, Nature. 426 (2003) 432–435.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Schieber, J. Southard, K. Thaisen, Accretion of mudstone beds from migrating floccule ripples, Science. 318 (2007) 1760–1763.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Tao, N. Liu, W. Ma, L. Ding, L. Li, J. Su, Y. Gao, Solid-state high performance flexible supercapacitors based on polypyrrole-MnO2-carbon fiber hybrid structure, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2286.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Berthier, K.A. Brakke, E. Berthier, Open Microfluidics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
A.D. Keromytis, ed., Financial Cryptography and Data Security: 16th International Conference, FC 2012, Kralendijk, Bonaire, Februray 27-March 2, 2012, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
T.R. Besold, K.-U. Kühnberger, A.D. Garcez, A. Saffiotti, M.H. Fischer, A. Bundy, Anchoring Knowledge in Interaction: Towards a Harmonic Subsymbolic/Symbolic Framework and Architecture of Computational Cognition, in: J. Bieger, B. Goertzel, A. Potapov (Eds.), Artificial General Intelligence: 8th International Conference, AGI 2015, AGI 2015, Berlin, Germany, July 22-25, 2015, Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 35–45.

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 Ecological Genetics and Genomics.

Blog post
D. Andrew, What Is Normal Vaginal Discharge And What’s Not?, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Internet Management: Structured Evaluation Could Help Assess Proposed Transition of Key Domain Name and Other Technical Functions, 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
C. Abraham, How Are Nonresident African American Fathers Involved in Their Children’s Academic Success?, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 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
A.L. Baker, J.C. McKINLEY Jr, F.B.I. Agent Checking On Grenade Hurt in Blast, New York Times. (2017) A21.

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 titleEcological Genetics and Genomics
AbbreviationEcol. Genet. Genom.
ISSN (print)2405-9854

Other styles