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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Medical 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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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Christianson DW. Chemistry. Roots of biosynthetic diversity. Science 2007;316:60–1.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Gruber N, Galloway JN. An Earth-system perspective of the global nitrogen cycle. Nature 2008;451:293–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Gerstein M, Lan N, Jansen R. Proteomics. Integrating interactomes. Science 2002;295:284–7.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
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Sakuta H, Suzuki R, Takahashi H, Kato A, Shintani T, Iemura Si, Yamamoto TS, Ueno N, Noda M. Ventroptin: a BMP-4 antagonist expressed in a double-gradient pattern in the retina. Science 2001;293:111–5.

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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Kampen TU. Low Molecular Weight Organic Semiconductors. Weinheim, Germany: : Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA 2010.
An edited book
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Kurosu M, editor. Human-Computer Interaction. Applications and Services: 15th International Conference, HCI International 2013, Las Vegas, NV, USA, July 21-26, 2013, Proceedings, Part II. Berlin, Heidelberg: : Springer 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
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Kwok-bun C, Wai-wan C. Seven Vignettes. In: Wai-wan C, ed. Mobile Chinese Entrepreneurs. New York, NY: : Springer 2011. 29–68.

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 Medical Genetics.

Blog post
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Davis J. Nearly 50% Of New Power Plants In 2014 Were For Renewables. IFLScience. 2015.https://www.iflscience.com/environment/renewable-energy-made-nearly-half-all-new-power-plants-last-year/ (accessed 30 Oct2018).

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. Digital Television Transition: Implementation of the Converter Box Subsidy Program Is Under Way, but Preparedness to Manage an Increase in Subsidy Demand Is Unclear. Washington, DC: : U.S. Government Printing Office 2008.

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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Garcia M. Perception of Latino students by teachers and counselors in the educational system. 2009.

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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Crow K. Street-Cleaning Rules Are Whisked Away, And Drivers Get a Little Patch of Heaven. New York Times. 2002;:144.

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 Medical Genetics
AbbreviationJ. Med. Genet.
ISSN (print)0022-2593
ISSN (online)1468-6244
ScopeGenetics
Genetics(clinical)

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