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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Becchetti FD. Nuclear fusion. Evidence for nuclear reactions in imploding bubbles. Science 2002;295:1850.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Broecker WS, Hemming S. Paleoclimate. Climate swings come into focus. Science 2001;294:2308–2309.
A journal article with 3 authors
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AbdAlla S, Lother H, Quitterer U. AT1-receptor heterodimers show enhanced G-protein activation and altered receptor sequestration. Nature 2000;407:94–98.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Li X, Liu B, Li X-L, Li Y-X, Sun M-Z, et al. SiO2 nanoparticles change colour preference and cause Parkinson’s-like behaviour in zebrafish. Sci Rep 2014;4:3810.

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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Saguet P. Numerical Analysis in Electromagnetics. Hoboken, NJ USA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
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El Yacoubi S, Wąs J, Bandini S (eds). Cellular Automata: 12th International Conference on Cellular Automata for Research and Industry, ACRI 2016, Fez, Morocco, September 5-8, 2016. Proceedings. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
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Galanti B, Gendler-Fishman D, Tsinober A. Is it possible to study Euler (or inviscid/purely inertial) evolution in low Reynolds number flows? In: Palma JMLM, Lopes AS (editors). Advances in Turbulence XI: Proceedings of the 11th EUROMECH European Turbulance Conference, June 25-28, 2007 Porto, Portugal. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007. pp. 17–19.

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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Andrew E. Rumbling From Ocean Trenches Could Be Sign That Japan Faces Mega Earthquake. IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/rumbling-ccean-trenches-could-be-sign-japan-faces-mega-earthquake/ (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. Transportation Security: DHS Efforts to Eliminate Redundant Background Check Investigations. GAO-07-756; Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 26 April 2007.

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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Binkley PM. Relationship of Graduate Student Involvement to Graduate Alumni Donor Behavior. Doctoral Dissertation; George Washington University; 2012.

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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Kelly M. Words And Deeds; The Guinier Affair Aggravates Clinton’s Credibility Problem. New York Times, 6 June 1993, p. 41.

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
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