How to format your references using the European Journal of Human Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Human 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
Kurita N. Climate change. Dancing to the tune of the glacial cycles. Science 2012; 336: 1242–1243.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bowen DG, Walker CM. Adaptive immune responses in acute and chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Nature 2005; 436: 946–952.
A journal article with 3 authors
Shen HZ, Wang W, Yi XX. Hall conductance and topological invariant for open systems. Sci Rep 2014; 4: 6455.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Saikin SK, Khin Y, Huh J et al. Chromatic acclimation and population dynamics of green sulfur bacteria grown with spectrally tailored light. Sci Rep 2014; 4: 5057.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sobel A. All for One. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
An edited book
Canadell JG, Pataki DE, Pitelka LF (eds.). Terrestrial Ecosystems in a Changing World. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
Alducin M, Juaristi JI, Muiño RD, Rösler M, Echenique PM. Spin Polarization of Electrons Emitted in the Neutralization of He+ Ions in Solids. In: Burgdörfer J (ed). Slow Heavy-Particle Induced Electron Emission from Solid Surfaces. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007, pp 153–183.

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 European Journal of Human Genetics.

Blog post
Andrew E. Dawn Of A New Era: The Revolutionary Ion Engine That Took Spacecraft To Ceres. IFLScience. 2015. (accessed 30 Oct2018).


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. Need To Remove More Low-Cost, Low-Usage Items From Inventories. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1971.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Stroot PG. Novel Reverse Transcription Method Confirms Growth Inhibition of Bacteria Exposed to Domestic Wastewater. 2004.

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
Vecsey G. Yankees and Red Sox Make September Meaningful. New York Times. 2010; : B17.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleEuropean Journal of Human Genetics
AbbreviationEur. J. Hum. Genet.
ISSN (print)1018-4813
ISSN (online)1476-5438

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