How to format your references using the Human Mutation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Human Mutation. 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
Kidwell SM. 2005. Shell composition has no net impact on large-scale evolutionary patterns in mollusks. Science 307:914–917.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chen S-W, Liu R-B. 2014. Faraday rotation echo spectroscopy and detection of quantum fluctuations. Sci Rep 4:4695.
A journal article with 3 authors
Anderson B, Cole WW, Barrett SCH. 2005. Botany: specialized bird perch aids cross-pollination. Nature 435:41–42.
A journal article with 13 or more authors
Oechel WC, Vourlitis GL, Hastings SJ, Zulueta RC, Hinzman L, Kane D. 2000. Acclimation of ecosystem CO2 exchange in the Alaskan Arctic in response to decadal climate warming. Nature 406:978–981.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
The Chartered Institute of Building. 2008. Code of Practice for Project Management for Construction and Development. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing.
An edited book
Pluvinage G, Elwany MHeditors. 2008. Safety, Reliability and Risks Associated with Water, Oil and Gas Pipelines. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. XI, 349 p p.
A chapter in an edited book
Ogiela L. 2012. Pattern Classifications in Cognitive Informatics. In: Ogiela MR, Jain LC, editors. Computational Intelligence Paradigms in Advanced Pattern Classification, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, p 39–57.

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 Mutation.

Blog post
Andrew E. 2015.

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
Government Accountability Office. 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Garraway OL. 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
Wallace N. 2016.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Kidwell, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Kidwell, 2005; Chen and Liu, 2014).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Chen and Liu, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Oechel et al., 2000)

About the journal

Full journal titleHuman Mutation
AbbreviationHum. Mutat.
ISSN (print)1059-7794
ISSN (online)1098-1004
ScopeGenetics
Genetics(clinical)

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