How to format your references using the Nature Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nature 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
1.
Stevenson, D. J. A planetary perspective on the deep Earth. Nature 451, 261–265 (2008).
A journal article with 2 authors
1.
Scott, J. D. & Pawson, T. Cell signaling in space and time: where proteins come together and when they’re apart. Science 326, 1220–1224 (2009).
A journal article with 3 authors
1.
Angell, S. Y., Danel, I. & DeCock, K. M. Global health. Global indicators and targets for noncommunicable diseases. Science 337, 1456–1457 (2012).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
1.
Pedersen, B. P., Buch-Pedersen, M. J., Morth, J. P., Palmgren, M. G. & Nissen, P. Crystal structure of the plasma membrane proton pump. Nature 450, 1111–1114 (2007).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1.
Peca, S. P. Real Estate Development and Investment. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2009).
An edited book
1.
Luna-Elizarrarás, M. E. Bicomplex Holomorphic Functions: The Algebra, Geometry and Analysis of Bicomplex Numbers. (Springer International Publishing, 2015).
A chapter in an edited book
1.
Francesconi, A. & Dossena, C. A Strategic and Organizational Perspective for Understanding the Evolution of Online Reputation Management Systems. in From Information to Smart Society: Environment, Politics and Economics (eds. Mola, L., Pennarola, F. & Za, S.) 49–61 (Springer International Publishing, 2015).

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 Nature Genetics.

Blog post
1.
Luntz, S. Scientists Design Potential Universal Flu Vaccine. IFLScience (2016).

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
1.
Government Accountability Office. Small Business Innovation Research: Agencies Need to Strengthen Efforts to Improve the Completeness, Consistency, and Accuracy of Awards Data. (U.S. Government Printing Office, 2006).

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1.
Vento-Wilson, M. The role of the speech-language pathologist and augmentative and alternative communication with acute care patients with severe communication impairments. (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
1.
Barnes, B. In the Footsteps of Marvel. New York Times B1 (2012).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleNature Genetics
AbbreviationNat. Genet.
ISSN (print)1061-4036
ISSN (online)1546-1718
ScopeGenetics

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