How to format your references using the Microbial Genomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Microbial 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.
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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Monroe C. Quantum information processing with atoms and photons. Nature 2002;416:238–246.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Rodriguez IB, Ho T-Y. Diel nitrogen fixation pattern of Trichodesmium: the interactive control of light and Ni. Sci Rep 2014;4:4445.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Danchin E, Wajnberg E, Wagner RH. Avoiding pitfalls in estimating heritability with the common options approach. Sci Rep 2014;4:3974.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Stagno V, Bindi L, Shibazaki Y, Tange Y, Higo Y, et al. Icosahedral AlCuFe quasicrystal at high pressure and temperature and its implications for the stability of icosahedrite. Sci Rep 2014;4:5869.

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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McGeough JA. The Engineering of Human Joint Replacements. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons Ltd; 2013.
An edited book
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Kuhlin B, Thielmann H (eds). The Practical Real-Time Enterprise: Facts and Perspectives. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
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Vaclavik VA, Christian EW. Starches in Food. In: Christian EW (editor). Essentials of Food Science. New York, NY: Springer; 2014. pp. 39–51.

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 Microbial Genomics.

Blog post
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O`Callaghan J. Luke And Leia Might Be Twins - But Thanks To Space Travel, They Wouldn’t Be The Same Age. IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/physics/time-dilation-star-wars-would-have-made-luke-younger-his-twin-leia/ (2015, accessed 30 October 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
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Government Accountability Office. Diploma Mills: Federal Employees Have Obtained Degrees from Diploma Mills and Other Unaccredited Schools, Some at Government Expense. GAO-04-771T; Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 11 May 2004.

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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Cooper EA. Missouri elementary teacher certification programs and the education provided on how boys and girls learn differently. Doctoral Dissertation; Lindenwood University; 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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Corkery M. Big Banks Pass the Fed’s Stress Tests, Setting Up Large Dividend Payments. New York Times, 28 June 2017, p. B3.

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 titleMicrobial Genomics
AbbreviationMicrob. Genom.
ISSN (online)2057-5858
Scope

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