How to format your references using the Oncogenesis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Oncogenesis. 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
Nathan C. IMMUNOLOGY. From transient infection to chronic disease. Science 2015; 350: 161.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dibner C, Schibler U. METABOLISM. A pancreatic clock times insulin release. Science 2015; 350: 628–629.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dewar JM, Budzowska M, Walter JC. The mechanism of DNA replication termination in vertebrates. Nature 2015; 525: 345–350.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Huang Y-K, Chen S-C, Ho Y-H, Lin C-Y, Lin M-F. Feature-rich magnetic quantization in sliding bilayer graphenes. Sci Rep 2014; 4: 7509.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ramirez J. Accounting for Derivatives. John Wiley & Sons Ltd: Oxford, UK, 2007.
An edited book
Stollkleemann S, Welp M (eds.). Stakeholder Dialogues in Natural Resources Management: Theory and Practice. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
Bergman D, Hooker JN. Graph Coloring Facets from All-Different Systems. In: Beldiceanu N, Jussien N, Pinson É (eds). Integration of AI and OR Techniques in Contraint Programming for Combinatorial Optimzation Problems: 9th International Conference, CPAIOR 2012, Nantes, France, May 28 – June1, 2012. Proceedings. Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012, pp 50–65.

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 Oncogenesis.

Blog post
Andrew E. El Gordo Galaxy Lives Up To Its Name. 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. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Actions Needed to Address Credit Union Systems’ Year 2000 Problem. U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ivy R. Regional Subsurface Investigation of the Uppermost Cretaceous of Northern Louisiana. 2017.

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
Yablonsky L. Eye Spy. New York Times. 2007; : 6228.

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 titleOncogenesis
ISSN (online)2157-9024
ScopeCancer Research
Molecular Biology

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