How to format your references using the Genetics Selection Evolution citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Genetics Selection Evolution. 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
1. Fertig HA. Physics. Spinning holes in semiconductors. Science. 2003;301:1335–6.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Udvardi MK, Scheible W-R. Plant science. GRAS genes and the symbiotic green revolution. Science. 2005;308:1749–50.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Moreira JA, Pacheco JM, Santos FC. Evolution of collective action in adaptive social structures. Sci Rep. 2013;3:1521.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Sehorn MG, Sigurdsson S, Bussen W, Unger VM, Sung P. Human meiotic recombinase Dmc1 promotes ATP-dependent homologous DNA strand exchange. Nature. 2004;429:433–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. He J, Zeng R, Zhang B. Methodology and Technology for Power System Grounding. Singapore: John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd.; 2012.
An edited book
1. Cleveland HH, Harris KS, Wiebe RP, editors. Substance Abuse Recovery in College: Community Supported Abstinence. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Svenningsen SL. Small RNA Control of Cell-to-Cell Communication in Vibrio Harveyi and Vibrio Cholerae. In: Skjeltorp AT, Belushkin AV, editors. Evolution from Cellular to Social Scales. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2008. p. 45–59.

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 Genetics Selection Evolution.

Blog post
1. Andrew D. The Top Six Dinosaur Myths And How We Busted Them. IFLScience. 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
1. Government Accountability Office. Aviation Security: FAA Needs Preboard Passenger Screening Performance Standards. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1987 Jul. Report No.: RCED-87-182.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Laird EC. Training social workers to use solution-focused interviewing with Child Protective Services clients: A grant proposal [Doctoral dissertation]. [Long Beach, CA]: California State University, Long Beach; 2012.

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
1. Cooper M. The Met Offers Buyouts To 21 of Its Employees. New York Times. 2017 Sep 28;C3.

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 titleGenetics Selection Evolution
AbbreviationGenet. Sel. Evol.
ISSN (online)1297-9686
ScopeAnimal Science and Zoology
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
General Medicine

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