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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Journal of Medical 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
McDonald, R.A., 2014. Animal health: How to control bovine tuberculosis. Nature 511, 158–159.
A journal article with 2 authors
Romanowicz, B., Giardini, D., 2001. Geophysics. The future of permanent seismic networks. Science 293, 2000–2001.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lin, Y.-J., Jiménez-García, K., Spielman, I.B., 2011. Spin-orbit-coupled Bose-Einstein condensates. Nature 471, 83–86.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Feng, L., Yang, L., Huang, Z., Luo, J., Li, M., Wang, D., Chen, Y., 2013. Enhancing electrocatalytic oxygen reduction on nitrogen-doped graphene by active sites implantation. Sci. Rep. 3, 3306.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pouly, M., Kohlas, J., 2011. Generic Inference. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Embree, L., Nenon, T. (Eds.), 2013. Husserl’s Ideen, Contributions to Phenomenology. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Baez Martin, M.M., Morales Chacón, L.M., Cabrera Abreu, I., 2015. Autism Spectrum Disorder. A Clinical Neurophysiology Approach II, in: Robinson-Agramonte, M. de L.A. (Ed.), Translational Approaches to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 85–94.

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 Medical Genetics.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. This Lamp Runs On Only Two Teaspoons Of Salt And A Glass Of Water [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2014. Data Transparency: Oversight Needed to Address Underreporting and Inconsistencies on Federal Award Website (No. GAO-14-476). 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
Meyertholen, A.N., 2014. Blurring the lines: The invention of abstract in German literature since 1800 (Doctoral dissertation). Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

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
Billard, M., 2013. Leaving the High Life. New York Times E1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (McDonald, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (McDonald, 2014; Romanowicz and Giardini, 2001).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Romanowicz and Giardini, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Feng et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleEuropean Journal of Medical Genetics
AbbreviationEur. J. Med. Genet.
ISSN (print)1769-7212
General Medicine

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