How to format your references using the Human Gene Therapy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Human Gene Therapy (HGT). 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
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Gladman B. The Kuiper belt and the solar system’s comet disk. Science 2005;307:71–75.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Fetler L, Amigorena S. Neuroscience. Brain under surveillance: the microglia patrol. Science 2005;309:392–393.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Bouret SG, Draper SJ, Simerly RB. Trophic action of leptin on hypothalamic neurons that regulate feeding. Science 2004;304:108–110.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Nizet V, Ohtake T, Lauth X, et al. Innate antimicrobial peptide protects the skin from invasive bacterial infection. Nature 2001;414:454–457.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Schmidt RH, Rodrick GE. Food Safety Handbook. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2005.
An edited book
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Wierzbicki A, Brandes U, Schweitzer F, et al. (eds). Advances in Network Science: 12th International Conference and School, NetSci-X 2016, Wroclaw, Poland, January 11-13, 2016, Proceedings. 1st ed. 2016. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
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Goebel DJ, Deeter-Schmelz DR, Kennedy KN. Effective Sales Management: What Do Sales People Think? In: Robinson L Jr (ed) Marketing Dynamism & Sustainability: Things Change, Things Stay the Same…: Proceedings of the 2012 Academy of Marketing Science (AMS) Annual Conference. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 2015; pp. 4–4.

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 Human Gene Therapy.

Blog post
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Davis J. How Predictive Are Climate Models? IFLScience Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/environment/how-predictive-are-climate-models/. 2016. Accessed October 30, 2018.

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
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Government Accountability Office. Highway Financing: Factors Affecting Highway Funding Fluctuations and Revenue Trends. GAO-02-527T. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. March 20, 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Cook EJ. Older Americans Act of 1965, Title III: A policy analysis. Doctoral Dissertation. California State University, Long Beach. 2013.

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
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Dorman JL. Tessa Kiros, Food Writer, on France’s Sway. New York Times, March 15, 2017, p. TR2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleHuman Gene Therapy
AbbreviationHum. Gene Ther.
ISSN (print)1043-0342
ISSN (online)1557-7422
ScopeGenetics
Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine

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