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
Zhou Y. The rapid rise of a research nation. Nature 2015; 528: S170-3.
A journal article with 2 authors
Prawer S, Greentree AD. Applied physics. Diamond for quantum computing. Science 2008; 320: 1601–1602.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hamlin JK, Wynn K, Bloom P. Social evaluation by preverbal infants. Nature 2007; 450: 557–559.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Ninfo A, Fontana A, Mozzi P, Ferrarese F. The map of Altinum, ancestor of Venice. Science 2009; 325: 577.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Institute of Management and Administration (IOMA). Cost Reduction and Control Best Practices. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
Germanakos P. Human-Centred Web Adaptation and Personalization: From Theory to Practice. 1st ed. 2016. Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Amsler ML, Drago EC, Paira AR. Fluvial Sediments: Main Channel and Floodplain Interrelationships. In: Iriondo MH, Paggi JC, Parma MJ (eds). The Middle Paraná River: Limnology of a Subtropical Wetland. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007, pp 123–142.

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. The Most Distant Galaxy Has Been Discovered. IFLScience. 2014. (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. Essential Air Service: Changes in Passenger Traffic, Subsidy Levels, and Air Carrier Costs. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Latronica AN. The effect of emotion regulation on stress and the role of executive function. 2016.

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
Cooper M. An Orchestra Tuned to Thrive. New York Times. 2017; : AR12.

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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