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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Fehr E. The productivity of failures. Nature 2004;428:701.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Gottfried K, Salpeter EE. Obituary: Hans A. Bethe (1906-2005). Nature 2005;434:970–971.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Betrouche M, Maamache M, Choi JR. Novel characteristics of energy spectrum for 3D Dirac oscillator analyzed via Lorentz covariant deformed algebra. Sci Rep 2013;3:3221.
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Kölsch V, Seher T, Fernandez-Ballester GJ, Serrano L, Leptin M. Control of Drosophila gastrulation by apical localization of adherens junctions and RhoGEF2. Science 2007;315:384–386.

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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Aquino JA. The International Family Guide to US University Admissions. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2017.
An edited book
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Böhme R, Brenner M, Moore T, Smith M (eds). Financial Cryptography and Data Security: FC 2014 Workshops, BITCOIN and WAHC 2014, Christ Church, Barbados, March 7, 2014, Revised Selected Papers. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
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Chesneaux J-M, Jézéquel F, Lamotte J-L. Stochastic arithmetic and verification of mathematical models. In: Baveye PC, Laba M, Mysiak J (editors). Uncertainties in Environmental Modelling and Consequences for Policy Making. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2009. pp. 101–125.

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. Can Animals Ever Be Artists? IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/can-animals-ever-be-artists/ (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. Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle: DOD Is Addressing Knowledge Gaps in Its New Acquisition Strategy [Reissued on August 13, 2012]. GAO-12-822; Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 26 July 2012.

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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Bhatnagar A. Buckling and weight optimization for non-coupled antisymmetric laminates. Doctoral Dissertation; California State University, Long Beach; 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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Sisario B. Migos Tops Chart With ‘Culture’. New York Times, 6 February 2017, p. C3.

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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