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
Watts, C. Immunology. Antigen presentation--losing its shine in the absence of GILT. Science 294, 1294–1295 (2001).
A journal article with 2 authors
Simon, J. & Greiner, M. Condensed-matter physics: a duo of graphene mimics. Nature 483, 282–284 (2012).
A journal article with 3 authors
Mendoza, M., Herrmann, H. J. & Succi, S. Hydrodynamic model for conductivity in graphene. Sci. Rep. 3, 1052 (2013).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Almeida, M. P. et al. Environment-induced sudden death of entanglement. Science 316, 579–582 (2007).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Deroussi, L. Metaheuristics for Logistics. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2016).
An edited book
Analysis, Synthesis, and Perception of Musical Sounds: The Sound of Music. (Springer, 2007).
A chapter in an edited book
Wagner, M. & Wellmer, F.-W. A Hierarchy of Natural Resources with Respect to Sustainable Development—A Basis for a Natural Resources Efficiency Indicator. in Mining, Society, and a Sustainable World (ed. Richards, J.) 91–121 (Springer, 2010).

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
Andrew, E. Device That Shows Your Veins In Bright Green Could Make Donating Blood Easier. 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. Charter Schools: To Enhance Education’s Monitoring and Research, More Charter School-Level Data Are Needed. (2005).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Smith, A. P. The Leadership Potential of School Librarians. (George Washington University, 2013).

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
St. John Kelly, E. F.Y.I. New York Times 142 (1999).

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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