How to format your references using the Frontiers in Statistical Genetics and Methodology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Frontiers in Statistical Genetics and Methodology. 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
Houck, O. (2003). Tales from a troubled marriage: science and law in environmental policy. Science 302, 1926–1929.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bishop, N. A., and Guarente, L. (2007). Two neurons mediate diet-restriction-induced longevity in C. elegans. Nature 447, 545–549.
A journal article with 3 authors
Haerizadeh, F., Singh, M. B., and Bhalla, P. L. (2006). Transcriptional repression distinguishes somatic from germ cell lineages in a plant. Science 313, 496–499.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Pascual, O., Casper, K. B., Kubera, C., Zhang, J., Revilla-Sanchez, R., Sul, J.-Y., et al. (2005). Astrocytic purinergic signaling coordinates synaptic networks. Science 310, 113–116.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Peca, S. P. (2009). Real Estate Development and Investment. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Futral, W. (2013). Intel® Trusted Execution Technology for Server Platforms: A Guide to More Secure Datacenters. , ed. J. Greene Berkeley, CA: Apress.
A chapter in an edited book
Morgado, C., Leitão, T., and Cunha, J. C. (2014). “An Approach for Characterizing Group-Based Interactive Environments,” in Distributed Systems and Applications of Information Filtering and Retrieval: DART 2012: Revised and Invited Papers Studies in Computational Intelligence., eds. C. Lai, A. Giuliani, and G. Semeraro (Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer), 79–100.

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 Frontiers in Statistical Genetics and Methodology.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2016). Stunning Photos Reveal Everyday Lives Of Pandas Preparing For The Wild. IFLScience. Available at: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/stunning-photos-reveal-everyday-lives-of-pandas-preparing-for-the-wild/ [Accessed October 30, 2018].

Reports

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 (1989). Medical ADP Systems: Composite Health Care System Operational Tests Extended. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
May, L. A. (2009). Teacher compensation and the academic achievement of high school students.

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
Murphy, M. J. O. (2015). Weekend Entertainments From the Archives of The New York Times. New York Times, C25.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Houck, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Houck, 2003; Bishop and Guarente, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Bishop and Guarente, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Pascual et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleFrontiers in Statistical Genetics and Methodology
AbbreviationFront. Genet.
ISSN (online)1664-8021
ScopeGenetics
Molecular Medicine
Genetics(clinical)

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