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
Savage, Neil. 2013. “Modelling: Predictive Yield.” Nature 501 (7468): S10-1.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gross, Richard A., and Bhanu Kalra. 2002. “Biodegradable Polymers for the Environment.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 297 (5582): 803–807.
A journal article with 3 authors
Takahashi, Takuya, Karel Svoboda, and Roberto Malinow. 2003. “Experience Strengthening Transmission by Driving AMPA Receptors into Synapses.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 299 (5612): 1585–1588.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Huangfu, Danwei, Aimin Liu, Andrew S. Rakeman, Noel S. Murcia, Lee Niswander, and Kathryn V. Anderson. 2003. “Hedgehog Signalling in the Mouse Requires Intraflagellar Transport Proteins.” Nature 426 (6962): 83–87.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Daïan, Jean-François. 2014. Equilibrium and Transfer in Porous Media 3. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Dössel, Olaf, and Wolfgang C. Schlegel, eds. 2009. World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, September 7 - 12, 2009, Munich, Germany: Vol. 25/11 Biomedical Engineering for Audiology, Ophthalmology, Emergency & Dental Medicine. Vol. 25/11. IFMBE Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Dal Lago, Ugo, and Alessandro Rioli. 2015. “Applicative Bisimulation and Quantum λ-Calculi.” In Fundamentals of Software Engineering: 6th International Conference, FSEN 2015, Tehran, Iran, April 22-24, 2015. Revised Selected Papers, edited by Mehdi Dastani and Marjan Sirjani, 54–68. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrew, Elise. 2015. “A Handshake In Space Changed US-Russia Relations: How Long Will It Last?” 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. 1993. Surface Transportation: Federal and State Efforts to Support Declining Intercity Bus Service. T-RCED-93-16. 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
Arguello, Ivelise Margaret. 2010. “Circle of Sisters Summer Program: A Grant-Writing Project.” Doctoral dissertation, Long Beach, CA: California State University, Long Beach.

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
Barron, James. 2016. “Ghosts of Elections Past.” New York Times, November 3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Savage 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Savage 2013; Gross and Kalra 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Gross and Kalra 2002)
  • Three authors: (Takahashi, Svoboda, and Malinow 2003)
  • 4 or more authors: (Huangfu et al. 2003)

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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