How to format your references using the Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences. 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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Schrag DP (2000) Of ice and elephants. Nature 404:23–24
A journal article with 2 authors
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Aderem A, Ulevitch RJ (2000) Toll-like receptors in the induction of the innate immune response. Nature 406:782–787
A journal article with 3 authors
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Burke MD, Berger EM, Schreiber SL (2003) Generating diverse skeletons of small molecules combinatorially. Science 302:613–618
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Yang G, Nagel DH, Feschotte C, et al (2009) Tuned for transposition: molecular determinants underlying the hyperactivity of a Stowaway MITE. Science 325:1391–1394

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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Stevens BA, Roediger E (2016) Breaking Negative Relationship Patterns. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
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Tuberosa R, Graner A, Frison E (2014) Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources: Volume 1. Managing, sequencing and mining genetic resources. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
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Miura N, Sakurai T, Kuroda T (2010) Inductive Coupled Communications. In: Ho R, Drost R (eds) Coupled Data Communication Techniques for High-Performance and Low-Power Computing. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp 79–125

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 Interdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences.

Blog post
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Andrew E (2015) 170-Million-Year-Old Fossil Of Previously Unknown Marine Reptile Found In Scotland. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/170-million-year-old-fossil-previously-unknown-marine-reptile-found-scotland/. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1982) Insights Into CETA’s In-School Youth Programs. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

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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De Ros KM (2008) A content analysis of television ads: Does current practice maximize cognitive processing? Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University

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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Grynbaum MM (2017) Inaugural All Its Own Brings Astonishment and Awe to Television. New York Times A22

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 titleInterdisciplinary Sciences: Computational Life Sciences
AbbreviationInterdiscip. Sci.
ISSN (print)1913-2751
ISSN (online)1867-1462
ScopeGeneral Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Computer Science Applications
Health Informatics

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