How to format your references using the Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series. 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
E. Pain, The class of 2005. Belgium: a particle physicist on track, Science. 310 (2005) 521.
A journal article with 2 authors
K. Krushelnick, S. Cowley, Physics. Reduced turbulence and new opportunities for fusion, Science. 309 (2005) 1502–1503.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.B. Aylward, R.W. Sutter, D.L. Heymann, Policy. OPV cessation--the final step to a “polio-free” world, Science. 310 (2005) 625–626.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Zheng, W. Shen, D.Z. He, K.B. Long, L.D. Madison, P. Dallos, Prestin is the motor protein of cochlear outer hair cells, Nature. 405 (2000) 149–155.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W. Kaplan, Maxima and Minima with Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 1998.
An edited book
M. Fontani, Chemistry and Chemists in Florence: From the Last of the Medici Family to the European Magnetic Resonance Center, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
H. Croft, Rethinking Civilian Neuroses in the Second World War, in: P. Leese, J. Crouthamel (Eds.), Traumatic Memories of the Second World War and After, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 95–116.

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 Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series.

Blog post
T. Hale, Breakthrough Prize Awards World’s Top Scientists At “Oscars” of Science, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Aviation Security: Transportation Security Administration Has Strengthened Planning to Guide Investments in Key Aviation Security Programs, but More Work Remains, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N.M. Blandin, Re-conceptualizing leadership for an era of complexity and uncertainty: A case study of leadership in a complex adaptive system, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2008.

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
M. Billard, His Runway Has a Backbeat, New York Times. (2013) E7.

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 titleForensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series
AbbreviationForensic Sci. Int. Genet. Suppl. Ser.
ISSN (print)1875-1768
Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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