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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Human Gene Therapy Clinical Development. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Mellman I. Setting logical priorities. Nature 2001;410:1026.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fisher B, Costanza R. Environmental policy: regional commitment to reducing emissions. Nature 2005;438:301–302.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lederer WJ, Hagen BM, Zhao G. Cell biology. Superresolution subspace signaling. Science 2012;336:546–547.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Cohen JC, Kiss RS, Pertsemlidis A, et al. Multiple rare alleles contribute to low plasma levels of HDL cholesterol. Science 2004;305:869–872.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Langlois P. Simulation of Complex Systems in GIS. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2013.
An edited book
Gurav SS, Gurav NS (eds). Indian Herbal Drug Microscopy. New York, NY: Springer. 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Mazouz S, Malki OMC, Nfaoui EH. Canonical Document for Medical Data Exchange. In: Yin X, Ho K, Zeng D, et al. (eds) Health Information Science: 4th International Conference, HIS 2015, Melbourne, Australia, May 28-30, 2015, Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing. 2015; pp. 37–44.

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 Clinical Development.

Blog post
Andrew E. Blame It On Biology: How Explanations Of Mental Illness Influence Treatment. IFLScience Available from: 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. Physical Infrastructure: Challenges and Investment Options for the Nation’s Infrastructure. GAO-08-763T. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. May 8, 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Yang L. A comparison of unsupervised learning techniques for detection of medical abuse in automobile claims. 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
Barron J. Age Requirement At Chelsea Art Gallery: Over 60 Only. New York Times, July 9, 2017, p. A20.

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 Clinical Development
AbbreviationHum. Gene Ther. Clin. Dev.
ISSN (print)2324-8637
ISSN (online)2324-8645

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