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
Venter JC. 2011. Genome-sequencing anniversary. The human genome at 10: successes and challenges. Science 331:546–547.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaib NA, Quinn T. 2009. Reassessing the source of long-period comets. Science 325:1234–1236.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kirk PDW, Babtie AC, Stumpf MPH. 2015. SYSTEMS BIOLOGY. Systems biology (un)certainties. Science 350:386–388.
A journal article with 13 or more authors
Le Grand R, Mondloch CJ, Maurer D, Brent HP. 2001. Neuroperception. Early visual experience and face processing. Nature 410:890.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Merritt C. 2015. Process Steam Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Condon A, Harel D, Kok JN, Salomaa A, Winfree Eeditors. 2009. Algorithmic Bioprocesses. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer. XX, 742 p. 247 illus., 109 illus. in color p.
A chapter in an edited book
Grankov AG, Milshin AA. 2016. Influence of Vertical Heat Transfer on the Relationships Between the SOA MCW and IR Radiation Intensity and Surface Heat Fluxes: Modeling. In: Milshin AA, editor. Microwave Radiation of the Ocean-Atmosphere: Boundary Heat and Dynamic Interaction, Cham: Springer International Publishing, p 63–72.

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.


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. 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Polderman MC. 2006.

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
Wagner J. 2017.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Venter, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Kaib and Quinn, 2009; Venter, 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaib and Quinn, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Le Grand et al., 2001)

About the journal

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

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