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
Gewin, V. (2005). High-energy career lines. Nature 434, 936–937.
A journal article with 2 authors
Alley, R. B., and Joughin, I. (2012). Climate change. Modeling ice-sheet flow. Science 336, 551–552.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hong, W., Mosca, T. J., and Luo, L. (2012). Teneurins instruct synaptic partner matching in an olfactory map. Nature 484, 201–207.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Birnbaum, K., Shasha, D. E., Wang, J. Y., Jung, J. W., Lambert, G. M., Galbraith, D. W., et al. (2003). A gene expression map of the Arabidopsis root. Science 302, 1956–1960.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mowlaee, P., Kulmer, J., Stahl, J., and Mayer, F. (2017). Single Channel Phase-Aware Signal Processing in Speech Communication: Theory and Practice. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Sarma, K. V. (2008). Gaṇita-Yukti-Bhāṣā (Rationales in Mathematical Astronomy) of Jyeṣṭhadeva: Volume II - Astronomy. , eds. K. Ramasubramanian, M. D. Srinivas, and M. S. Sriram Gurgaon: Hindustan Book Agency.
A chapter in an edited book
Kislinger, T. (2007). “Mass Spectrometry-based Systems Biology,” in Cancer Informatics in the Post Genomic Era: Toward Information-Based Medicine Cancer Treatment and Research., eds. I. Jurisica, D. A. Wigle, and B. Wong (Boston, MA: Springer US), 59–83.

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
Luntz, S. (2014). Domestic Cat Genome Sequenced. IFLScience.

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 (1970). Utilization of Consultants, National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 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
Allen, E. L. (2015). Teacher Evaluation and Student Achievement in Elementary Education.

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). Fashion’s Intrepid Pursuer. 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 (Gewin, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Alley and Joughin, 2012; Gewin, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Alley and Joughin, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Birnbaum et al., 2003)

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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