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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Human Gene Therapy Methods. 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
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Smaglik P. Chemistry’s clouded view. Nature 2003;421:295.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Breidenbach MA, Brunger AT. Substrate recognition strategy for botulinum neurotoxin serotype A. Nature 2004;432:925–929.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Khor B, Gardet A, Xavier RJ. Genetics and pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease. Nature 2011;474:307–317.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Zídek K, Abdellah M, Zheng K, et al. Electron relaxation in the CdSe quantum dot--ZnO composite: prospects for photovoltaic applications. Sci Rep 2014;4:7244.

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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Zhu QK. Power Distribution Network Design For VLSI. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2005.
An edited book
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Melin P, Castillo O, Ramírez EG, et al. (eds). Analysis and Design of Intelligent Systems using Soft Computing Techniques. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
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Pandey R. Cash and Debt Management in States. In: Singh C (ed) Public Debt Management: Separation of Debt from Monetary Management in India. New Delhi: Springer India. 2016; pp. 41–55.

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 Methods.

Blog post
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Luntz S. 2015’s Recording-Breaking Temperatures Will Be “New Normal” Very Soon. IFLScience Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/environment/2015s-recordingbreaking-temperatures-will-be-new-normal-very-soon/. 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. Gulf War Illnesses: DOD’s Conclusions About U.S. Troops’ Exposure Cannot Be Adequately Supported. GAO-04-821T. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. June 1, 2004.

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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Tripathi RB. Oligodendrogensis Following Experimental Spinal Cord Injury. Doctoral Dissertation. Ohio State University. 2008.

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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Greenhouse L. Court Looks at Legal Role for Mentally Ill. New York Times, March 27, 2008, p. A21.

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 Methods
AbbreviationHum. Gene Ther. Methods
ISSN (print)1946-6536
ISSN (online)1946-6544
ScopeGenetics
Molecular Medicine
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Genetics(clinical)
Pharmacology

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