How to format your references using the Journal of Community Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Community Genetics (J Community Genet). 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
Stillman B (2001) DNA replication. Genomic views of genome duplication. Science 294:2301–2304
A journal article with 2 authors
Yang J, Reth M (2010) Oligomeric organization of the B-cell antigen receptor on resting cells. Nature 467:465–469
A journal article with 3 authors
Gilman RT, Nuismer SL, Jhwueng D-C (2012) Coevolution in multidimensional trait space favours escape from parasites and pathogens. Nature 483:328–330
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Jiao Y, Shi C, Edil BH, et al (2011) DAXX/ATRX, MEN1, and mTOR pathway genes are frequently altered in pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Science 331:1199–1203

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bajpai P (2010) Environmentally Friendly Production of Pulp and Paper. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Wellmer F-W (2008) Economic Evaluations in Exploration, Second Edition. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Klein A (2011) BPS-MAC: Backoff Preamble Based MAC Protocol with Sequential Contention Resolution. In: Sacchi C, Bellalta B, Vinel A, et al. (eds) Multiple Access Communications: 4th International Workshop, MACOM 2011, Trento, Italy, September 12-13, 2011. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 39–50

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 Community Genetics.

Blog post
Taub B (2016) Astronauts Get Taller In Space, But Also Suffer Spinal Damage. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/space/astronauts-taller-space-also-suffer-spinal-damage/. 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
Government Accountability Office (1977) Centralized Subsystem for Paying Officers in the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service. 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
Julian A (2017) Guided Autobiography Themes for Older Adult United States War Veterans. 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
Otis J (2017) Student Gains Confidence With Help From an ‘Angel.’ New York Times A20

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Wegner 2011).
This sentence cites two references (Lawrence 2002; Stern 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Yang and Reth 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Partridge et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Community Genetics
AbbreviationJ. Community Genet.
ISSN (print)1868-310X
ISSN (online)1868-6001
ScopeEpidemiology
Genetics(clinical)
Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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