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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Genetics and Genomics. 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
Ibáñez Insa, J., 2013. Geochemistry. Reformulating table salt under pressure. Science 342, 1459–1460.
A journal article with 2 authors
Miller, A.N., Long, S.B., 2012. Crystal structure of the human two-pore domain potassium channel K2P1. Science 335, 432–436.
A journal article with 3 authors
Averill, C., Turner, B.L., Finzi, A.C., 2014. Mycorrhiza-mediated competition between plants and decomposers drives soil carbon storage. Nature 505, 543–545.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Okajima, T., Xu, A., Lei, L., Irvine, K.D., 2005. Chaperone activity of protein O-fucosyltransferase 1 promotes notch receptor folding. Science 307, 1599–1603.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Picard, F., Tanguy, C., 2016. Innovations and Techno-ecological Transition. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Vitting Andersen, J., 2013. An Introduction to Socio-Finance. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Huppertz, T., 2013. Chemistry of the Caseins, in: McSweeney, P.L.H., Fox, P.F. (Eds.), Advanced Dairy Chemistry: Volume 1A: Proteins: Basic Aspects, 4th Edition. Springer US, Boston, MA, pp. 135–160.

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 Genetics and Genomics.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2015. Salmonella Outbreak Spreading Across America Is Linked To Cucumbers [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1999. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Federal Reserve Has Established Effective Year 2000 Management Controls for Internal Systems Conversion (No. AIMD-99-78). 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
Park, K.-S., 2006. Transcriptional Regulation In The Respiratory Epithelium During Development And Repair (Doctoral dissertation). University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

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
Crow, K., 2002. Some Merchants Tire of Going Hollywood. New York Times 145.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Ibáñez Insa, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Ibáñez Insa, 2013; Miller and Long, 2012).

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

  • Two authors: (Miller and Long, 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Okajima et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Genetics and Genomics
AbbreviationJ. Genet. Genomics
ISSN (print)1673-8527
Molecular Biology

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