How to format your references using the New Genetics and Society citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for New Genetics and Society. 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
Maldovan, Martin. 2013. “Sound and Heat Revolutions in Phononics.” Nature 503 (7475): 209–217.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, Guojian, and Wenju Cai. 2013. “Climate-Change Impact on the 20th-Century Relationship between the Southern Annular Mode and Global Mean Temperature.” Scientific Reports 3: 2039.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gore, Jeff, Hyun Youk, and Alexander van Oudenaarden. 2009. “Snowdrift Game Dynamics and Facultative Cheating in Yeast.” Nature 459 (7244): 253–256.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Chiappe, Luis M., Laura Codorniú, Gerald Grellet-Tinner, and David Rivarola. 2004. “Palaeobiology: Argentinian Unhatched Pterosaur Fossil.” Nature 432 (7017): 571–572.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Geyer, Tobias. 2016. Model Predictive Control of High Power Convertersand Industrial Drives. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Boulé, Marc. 2008. Generating Hardware Assertion Checkers: For Hardware Verification, Emulation, Post-Fabrication Debugging and On-Line Monitoring. Edited by Zeljko Zilic. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands.
A chapter in an edited book
Makhrov, Vladislav P. 2012. “Controlled Supercavitation Formed by a Ring Type Wing.” In Supercavitation: Advances and Perspectives A Collection Dedicated to the 70th Jubilee of Yu.N. Savchenko, edited by Igor Nesteruk, 65–77. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 New Genetics and Society.

Blog post
Andrews, Robin. 2016. “Unexpected Indonesian Volcanic Eruption Triggers Mass Evacuation.” IFLScience. IFLScience.


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. 2016. Environmental Satellites: NOAA Needs to Ensure Its Timelines Are Accurate, Clear, and Fully Documented. GAO-16-767. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Leung, Raymond. 2014. “The Effect of Mission Assurance on ELV Launch Success Rate: An Analysis of Two Management Systems for Launch Vehicles.” Doctoral dissertation, Washington, DC: George Washington University.

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
Saslow, Linda. 2007. “List of Weak Schools Claims 2, Removes One.” New York Times, March 25.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Maldovan 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Maldovan 2013; Wang and Cai 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Wang and Cai 2013)
  • Three authors: (Gore, Youk, and van Oudenaarden 2009)
  • 4 or more authors: (Chiappe et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleNew Genetics and Society
AbbreviationNew Genet. Soc.
ISSN (print)1463-6778
ISSN (online)1469-9915
Health Policy
Issues, ethics and legal aspects
Health(social science)

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