How to format your references using the Epigenomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Epigenomics. 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
Angier N. No, no, no. Science. 289(5479), 550a (2000).
A journal article with 2 authors
Sykora S, Becker KW. Heavy fermion properties of the Kondo Lattice model. Sci. Rep. 3, 2691 (2013).
A journal article with 3 authors
Collins PG, Arnold MS, Avouris P. Engineering carbon nanotubes and nanotube circuits using electrical breakdown. Science. 292(5517), 706–709 (2001).
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lee J-W, Kang Y-W, Lee J, Lee Y-W. Enrichment by supernovae in globular clusters with multiple populations. Nature. 462(7272), 480–482 (2009).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wilson D. Visual Guide to Financial Markets. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Czichos H, editor. Handbook of Technical Diagnostics: Fundamentals and Application to Structures and Systems. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Carlberg C, Molnár F. Linking Signal Transduction and Gene Regulation. In: Mechanisms of Gene Regulation. Molnár F (Ed.), Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 71–89 (2014).

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 Epigenomics.

Blog post
Andrew E. Happy Sloth Week - Here’s Ten Facts About Sloths [Internet]. IFLScience (2014). Available from:


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. Better Management Needed in Social Security Administration’s Toll-Free Telephone Service to the Public. 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
Gullion DK. The study of interstate and intrastate mobility effects on student achievement. (2009).

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
Dominus S. Something Was Wrong. New York Times, BR12 (2016).

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 titleEpigenomics
ISSN (print)1750-1911
ISSN (online)1750-192X
ScopeCancer Research

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