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
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Lal, R. Soil carbon sequestration impacts on global climate change and food security. Science 304, 1623–1627 (2004).
A journal article with 2 authors
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Simakov, D. S. A. & Pérez-Mercader, J. Noise induced oscillations and coherence resonance in a generic model of the nonisothermal chemical oscillator. Sci. Rep. 3, 2404 (2013).
A journal article with 3 authors
1.
Collins, S. H., Wiggin, M. B. & Sawicki, G. S. Reducing the energy cost of human walking using an unpowered exoskeleton. Nature 522, 212–215 (2015).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Chakraborty, S., Ji, H., Chen, J., Gersbach, C. A. & Leong, K. W. Vector modifications to eliminate transposase expression following piggyBac-mediated transgenesis. Sci. Rep. 4, 7403 (2014).

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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Bays, D. H. A New History of Christianity in China. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).
An edited book
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Cellular and Porous Materials in Structures and Processes. 521, (Springer, 2010).
A chapter in an edited book
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Ma, D. & Bondade, R. Power Loss in Switched-Capacitor Power Converters: Causes and Analysis. in Reconfigurable Switched-Capacitor Power Converters: Principles and Designs for Self-Powered Microsystems (ed. Bondade, R.) 59–69 (Springer, 2013).

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
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Andrew, E. Tiny implanted sensor and your smartphone could help prevent blindness. IFLScience (2014).

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. Air Traffic Control: Complete and Enforced Architecture Needed for FAA Systems Modernization. (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1997).

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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Bermudez, D. The effects of Hispanic parent-adolescent biculturalism disparity on male adolescent delinquency. (George Washington University, 2008).

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.
Vecsey, G. Outlook That Soccer Can Do Without. New York Times D1 (2010).

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
ScopeGenetics
Molecular Biology
Genetics(clinical)

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