How to format your references using the Human Genomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Human 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.
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
1. Goldstein L. US election: Know your representatives. Nature. 2012;489:494–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Margueron R, Reinberg D. The Polycomb complex PRC2 and its mark in life. Nature. 2011;469:343–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. David SS, O’Shea VL, Kundu S. Base-excision repair of oxidative DNA damage. Nature. 2007;447:941–50.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Zarka P, Lamy L, Cecconi B, Prangé R, Rucker HO. Modulation of Saturn’s radio clock by solar wind speed. Nature. 2007;450:265–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Praetorius S, Schößer B. Bentonithandbuch. Berlin, Germany: Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn, Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG; 2016.
An edited book
1. Gup BE, editor. Capital Markets, Globalization, and Economic Development. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
1. García-Colín LS, Dagdug L. Calculation of the Currents. In: Dagdug L, editor. The Kinetic Theory of a Dilute Ionized Plasma. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2009. p. 41–9.

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 Genomics.

Blog post
1. Luntz S. There Are Now Just Five Lao River Dolphins Left [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/lao-river-dolphin-population-falls-five/

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
1. Government Accountability Office. No Child Left Behind Act: Improvements Needed in Education’s Process for Tracking States’ Implementation of Key Provisions. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2004 Sep. Report No.: GAO-04-734.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Torres MF. The effect of mergers and acquisitions in the information technology organizational structures [Doctoral dissertation]. [Phoenix, AZ]: University of Phoenix; 2009.

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. Murphy MJO. A Game That Turned Nixon Into a Factoid. New York Times. 2010 Jun 6;WK2.

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 titleHuman Genomics
AbbreviationHum. Genomics
ISSN (online)1479-7364
ScopeGenetics
Molecular Biology
Molecular Medicine
Drug Discovery

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