How to format your references using the Oncogene citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Oncogene. 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
Shelton J. Scientists and the media must give a balanced view. Nature 2011; 479: 7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wenseleers T, Ratnieks FLW. Enforced altruism in insect societies. Nature 2006; 444: 50.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nussbaumer AD, Fisher CR, Bright M. Horizontal endosymbiont transmission in hydrothermal vent tubeworms. Nature 2006; 441: 345–348.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
McKay D, White M, Pasienski M, DeMarco B. Phase-slip-induced dissipation in an atomic Bose-Hubbard system. Nature 2008; 453: 76–79.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Raju KSN. Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Mass Transfer. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
Barreira L. Stability of Nonautonomous Differential Equations. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
Cari C, Suparmi A. Application of Nikiforov-Uvarov Method for Non-central Potential System Solution. In: Gaol FL, Shrivastava K, Akhtar J (eds). Recent Trends in Physics of Material Science and Technology. Springer: Singapore, 2015, pp 67–93.

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 Oncogene.

Blog post
Andrew E. Is Addiction A Brain Disease? IFLScience. 2016. (accessed 30 Oct2018).


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. Highway Infrastructure: FHWA Has Acted to Disclose the Limitations of Its Environmental Review Analysis. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ackerman GL. Information technology in the K–12 classroom: Curriculum and instruction reflecting emerging capacity and paradigms. 2009.

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
MacFARQUHAR N. Russia’s Villages, and Their Culture, Are ‘Melting Away’. New York Times. 2017; : A6.

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 titleOncogene
ISSN (online)1476-5594

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