How to format your references using the Genomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Genomics. 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
K. Padian, Darwin’s enduring legacy, Nature. 451 (2008) 632–634.
A journal article with 2 authors
D. Li, M. Caffrey, Renaturing membrane proteins in the lipid cubic phase, a nanoporous membrane mimetic, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5806.
A journal article with 3 authors
B. Anderson, W.W. Cole, S.C.H. Barrett, Botany: specialized bird perch aids cross-pollination, Nature. 435 (2005) 41–42.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.L. Nedelec, A.N. Radford, S.D. Simpson, B. Nedelec, D. Lecchini, S.C. Mills, Anthropogenic noise playback impairs embryonic development and increases mortality in a marine invertebrate, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5891.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.W. Scott, Color Atlas of Farm Animal Dermatology, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2008.
An edited book
F. Daniel, G.A. Papadopoulos, P. Thiran, eds., Mobile Web Information Systems: 10th International Conference, MobiWIS 2013, Paphos, Cyprus, August 26-29, 2013. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Vogler, The European Investigation Order: Fundamental Rights at Risk?, in: S. Ruggeri (Ed.), Transnational Evidence and Multicultural Inquiries in Europe: Developments in EU Legislation and New Challenges for Human Rights-Oriented Criminal Investigations in Cross-Border Cases, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014: pp. 45–49.

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 Genomics.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Solar Panels Could Come With Built-In Storage, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Aircraft Maintenance: Additional FAA Oversight Needed of Aging Aircraft Repairs (Vol. II), U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Gobas, Affiliate users policy: Solution to multiple ball field users in the city of Artesia, Doctoral dissertation, 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
G. Thrush, K. Kelly, M. Haberman, Widespread Cuts in Trump Budget Bypass Military, New York Times. (2017) A1.

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 titleGenomics
ISSN (print)0888-7543

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