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
Justham, S., 2014. Astrophysics: Portrait of a doomed star. Nature 512, 34–35.
A journal article with 2 authors
Berenbaum, M.R., Eisner, T., 2008. Ecology. Bugs’ bugs. Science 322, 52–53.
A journal article with 3 authors
Ochedowski, O., Bussmann, B.K., Schleberger, M., 2014. Graphene on mica - intercalated water trapped for life. Sci. Rep. 4, 6003.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Houston, F., Goldmann, W., Chong, A., Jeffrey, M., González, L., Foster, J., Parnham, D., Hunter, N., 2003. Prion diseases: BSE in sheep bred for resistance to infection. Nature 423, 498.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lalena, J.N., Cleary, D.A., 2005. Principles of Inorganic Materials Design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Kutyłowski, M., Cichoń, J., Kubiak, P. (Eds.), 2008. Algorithmic Aspects of Wireless Sensor Networks: Third International Workshop, ALGOSENSORS 2007, Wroclaw, Poland, July 14, 2007, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Moreira, O., Corporaal, H., 2014. Resource Modeling and Compile Time Scheduling, in: Corporaal, H. (Ed.), Scheduling Real-Time Streaming Applications onto an Embedded Multiprocessor, Embedded Systems. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 77–116.

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 Fungal Genetics and Biology.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Busting Myths: A Practical Guide To Countering Science Denial [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, 1980. Comments on S. 1961, a Bill Cited as the “Higher Education Amendments of 1980” (No. B-197030). 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
Norris, C., 2014. What is Lost Along the Way (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
Chozick, A., 2013. Jimmy Wales Is Not an Internet Billionare. New York Times MM28.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Justham, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Berenbaum and Eisner, 2008; Justham, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Berenbaum and Eisner, 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Houston et al., 2003)

About the journal

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

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