How to format your references using the Nature Reviews Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nature Reviews 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.
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. Career-change carousel. Nature 423, 899 (2003).
A journal article with 2 authors
Pitaevskii, L. & Stringari, S. Ultracold matter. The quest for superfluidity in Fermi gases. Science 298, 2144–2146 (2002).
A journal article with 3 authors
Bohossian, H. B., Skaletsky, H. & Page, D. C. Unexpectedly similar rates of nucleotide substitution found in male and female hominids. Nature 406, 622–625 (2000).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Kreisig, T., Prasse, A. A., Zscharnack, K., Volke, D. & Zuchner, T. His-tag protein monitoring by a fast mix-and-measure immunoassay. Sci. Rep. 4, 5613 (2014).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Vitetta, G. M., Taylor, D. P., Colavolpe, G., Pancaldi, F. & Martin, P. A. Wireless Communications. (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2013).
An edited book
Diseases of The Abdomen and Pelvis: Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional Techniques 38th International Diagnostic Course in Davos (IDKD) Davos, April 1–7, 2006. (Springer, 2006).
A chapter in an edited book
Carlson, D. L. & Albright, J. The Proliferation of Assessment. in Composing a Care of the Self: A Critical History of Writing Assessment in Secondary English Education (eds. Carlson, D. L. & Albright, J.) 101–122 (SensePublishers, 2012).

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 Reviews Genetics.

Blog post
Fang, J. Our Home Supercluster Gets a Map and a Name. IFLScience (2014).


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. Information Technology Management: Small Business Administration Needs Policies and Procedures to Control Key IT Processes. (2000).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Johnson, T. F. The Aircraft Electric Taxi System: A Qualitative Multi Case Study. (Northcentral University, 2017).

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
Brantley, B. Theater; Have Rocket, Will Travel. New York Times AR4 (2017).

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 Reviews Genetics
AbbreviationNat. Rev. Genet.
ISSN (print)1471-0056
ISSN (online)1471-0064
Molecular Biology

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