How to format your references using the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. 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. Rutter J. Essay: Amersham Biosciences and Science Prize. PAS domains and metabolic status signaling. Science. 2002;298:1567–8.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Schappacher M, Deffieux A. Synthesis of macrocyclic copolymer brushes and their self-assembly into supramolecular tubes. Science. 2008;319:1512–5.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Foote AD, Osborne RW, Hoelzel AR. Environment: whale-call response to masking boat noise. Nature. 2004;428:910.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Ling H-F, Gao J-F, Zhao K-D, Jiang S-Y, Ma D-S. Comment on “Molybdenum isotope evidence for widespread anoxia in mid-Proterozoic oceans.” Science. 2005;309:1017; author reply 1017.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Smith MB. Compendium of Organic Synthetic Methods: Smith/Compendium. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2014.
An edited book
1. Escolano F. Information Theory in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. Suau P, Bonev B, editors. London: Springer; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Jacobi M. Water Use. In: Rauschenbach T, editor. Modeling, Control and Optimization of Water Systems: Systems Engineering Methods for Control and Decision Making Tasks. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2016. p. 159–83.

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 Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics.

Blog post
1. Luntz S. Space Telescope Reveals Predecessors of Giant Stars and Mysterious Ring [Internet]. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2014 [cited 2018 Oct 30]. Available from:


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. VA Education Benefits: Actions Taken, but Outreach and Oversight Could Be Improved. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2011 Feb. Report No.: GAO-11-256.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Ren W. The Portrayal of Risk-taking Behaviors in Traffic on the Prime-time Television Series [Doctoral dissertation]. [Edwardsville, IL]: Southern Illinois University; 2013.

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. Rojas R. Husband Charged With Murder in Wife’s ’09 Death on Upper West Side. New York Times. 2015 Nov 3;A24.

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 titleJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
AbbreviationJ. Assist. Reprod. Genet.
ISSN (print)1058-0468
ISSN (online)1573-7330
ScopeDevelopmental Biology
General Medicine
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Reproductive Medicine

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