How to format your references using the Integrative Omics and Molecular Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Integrative Omics and Molecular Biology. 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. Weintraub K. Biomedicine: The new gold standard. Nature. 2013;495:S14-6.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Schacter DL, Addis DR. Constructive memory: the ghosts of past and future. Nature. 2007;445:27.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Desai BS, Chadha A, Cook B. The stum gene is essential for mechanical sensing in proprioceptive neurons. Science. 2014;343:1256–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Pianta RC, Belsky J, Houts R, Morrison F, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Early Child Care Research Network. Teaching. Opportunities to learn in America’s elementary classrooms. Science. 2007;315:1795–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. AIChE technical manual. Dow’s Chemical Exposure Index Guide. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 1998.
An edited book
1. Gal CS, Kantor PB, Lesk ME, editors. Protecting Persons While Protecting the People: Second Annual Workshop on Information Privacy and National Security, ISIPS 2008, New Brunswick, NJ, USA, May 12, 2008. Revised Selected Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Ismail-Zadeh A, Korotkii A, Tsepelev I. Quasi-Reversibility Method and Its Applications. In: Korotkii A, Tsepelev I, editors. Data-Driven Numerical Modelling in Geodynamics: Methods and Applications. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016. p. 59–82.

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 Integrative Omics and Molecular Biology.

Blog post
1. O`Callaghan J. This Star Is Shooting Super-Heated Blobs Of Plasma Twice The Size Of Mars Into Space. IFLScience. 2016. Accessed 30 Oct 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
1. Government Accountability Office. Telecommunications: Weaknesses in Procedures and Performance Management Hinder Junk Fax Enforcement. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Ahn M. Student Perception of Language Achievement and Learner Autonomy in a Blended Korean Language Course: The Case Study of Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. Doctoral dissertation. Northcentral University; 2017.

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. de la MERCED MJ. Atlanta Firm Lures Veteran Deal Maker Back to Law. New York Times. 2017;:B5.

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 titleIntegrative Omics and Molecular Biology
ISSN (print)2047-9174

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