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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Structural and Functional 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
Smaglik P (2005) Take your partner by the hand. Nature 435:1281
A journal article with 2 authors
Tegmark M, Bostrom N (2005) Astrophysics: is a doomsday catastrophe likely? Nature 438:754
A journal article with 3 authors
Vukusic P, Sambles JR, Lawrence CR (2000) Colour mixing in wing scales of a butterfly. Nature 404:457
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lee J-B, Hite RK, Hamdan SM, et al (2006) DNA primase acts as a molecular brake in DNA replication. Nature 439:621–624

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Waxman AB (2017) Rogues of Wall Street. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Baveye PC, Laba M, Mysiak J (2009) Uncertainties in Environmental Modelling and Consequences for Policy Making. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Moran MD, Dastoor A, Morneau G (2014) Long-Range Transport of Air Pollutants and Regional and Global Air Quality Modelling. In: Taylor E, McMillan A (eds) Air Quality Management: Canadian Perspectives on a Global Issue. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 69–98

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 Structural and Functional Genomics.

Blog post
Fang J (2015) Study With 95,000 Children Finds No Link Between Autism and Measles Vaccine, Even In High Risk Children. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018


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 (1997) Space Station: Cost Control Problems. 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
Smith B (2013) Analysis of hydraulic and financial operations of a recycled water system: A case study of the Orange County water district’s green acres project. 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
Wagner J (2017) Twins Deal Sends Colon To Minors. New York Times D3

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 Structural and Functional Genomics
AbbreviationJ. Struct. Funct. Genomics
ISSN (print)1345-711X
ISSN (online)1570-0267
Structural Biology
General Medicine

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