How to format your references using the Fungal Genetics and Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Fungal Genetics and Biology. 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
Mandavilli, A., 2007. Reinventing an industry. Nature 445, 138–139.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ohlstein, B., Spradling, A., 2007. Multipotent Drosophila intestinal stem cells specify daughter cell fates by differential notch signaling. Science 315, 988–992.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pickrell, J.K., Gilad, Y., Pritchard, J.K., 2012. Comment on “Widespread RNA and DNA sequence differences in the human transcriptome.” Science 335, 1302; author reply 1302.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hamilton, J.T.G., McRoberts, W.C., Keppler, F., Kalin, R.M., Harper, D.B., 2003. Chloride methylation by plant pectin: an efficient environmentally significant process. Science 301, 206–209.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Silva Elipe, M.V., 2011. LC-NMR and Other Hyphenated NMR Techniques. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Erduran, S., Jiménez-Aleixandre, M.P. (Eds.), 2007. Argumentation in Science Education: Perspectives from Classroom-Based Research, Science & Technology Education Library. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Yu, C.-L., Jove, R., Turkson, J., 2016. Historical Development of STAT3 Inhibitors and Early Results in Clinical Trials, in: Ward, A.C. (Ed.), STAT Inhibitors in Cancer, Cancer Drug Discovery and Development. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 69–94.

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 Fungal Genetics and Biology.

Blog post
Carpineti, A., 2017. Researchers Build A Wire Three Atoms Wide [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, 2017. Youth with Autism: Federal Agencies Should Take Additional Action to Support Transition-Age Youth (No. GAO-17-352). 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
Gogni de Tolentino, M.G., 2010. Challenges and successes of monolingual Spanish-speaking foster parents (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Greenhouse, L., 2006. Justices Hear Arguments Over Whether Foreigners Have Reciprocal Rights in the U.S. New York Times A19.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Mandavilli, 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Mandavilli, 2007; Ohlstein and Spradling, 2007).

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

  • Two authors: (Ohlstein and Spradling, 2007)
  • Three or more authors: (Hamilton et al., 2003)

About the journal

Full journal titleFungal Genetics and Biology
AbbreviationFungal Genet. Biol.
ISSN (print)1087-1845

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