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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Bassham DC (2015) Plant biology: Pigments on the move. Nature 526:644–645
A journal article with 2 authors
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Allesina S, Tang S (2012) Stability criteria for complex ecosystems. Nature 483:205–208
A journal article with 3 authors
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Zhu T, Satoh T, Kato K (2014) Structural insight into substrate recognition by the endoplasmic reticulum folding-sensor enzyme: crystal structure of third thioredoxin-like domain of UDP-glucose:glycoprotein glucosyltransferase. Sci Rep 4:7322
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Lendvai B, Stern EA, Chen B, Svoboda K (2000) Experience-dependent plasticity of dendritic spines in the developing rat barrel cortex in vivo. Nature 404:876–881

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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Cheng VS, Tong JC (2017) Building Sustainability in East Asia. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
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Dokken T (2005) Computational Methods for Algebraic Spline Surfaces: ESF Exploratory Workshop. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
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Bhattacharyya A (2016) Colonial Madness: Community and Lunacy in Nineteenth-Century India. In: Winterbottom A, Tesfaye F (eds) Histories of Medicine and Healing in the Indian Ocean World: The Modern Period. Palgrave Macmillan US, New York, NY, pp 89–113

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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Fang J (2016) How Extreme Birds Stay Aloft For Months At A Time. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/how-extreme-birds-stay-aloft-for-months-at-a-time/. 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 (2014) Public Transit: Federal and Transit Agencies Taking Steps to Build Transit Systems’ Resilience but Face Challenges. 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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Farooq AS (2012) Singing the blues: Indicators of mental illness among nursing home elderly. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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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Shear MD (2017) President Questions Clinton Ties To Russia. New York Times A19

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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