How to format your references using the Ophthalmic Genetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Ophthalmic 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
D’Amico N. Astronomy. Pinpointing gravity. Science. 2009;323(5919):1299-1300.
A journal article with 2 authors
Chander R, Mervis J. The bottom line for U.S. life scientists. Science. 2001;294(5541):395.
A journal article with 3 authors
Arnaud-Haond S, Arrieta JM, Duarte CM. Global genetic resources. Marine biodiversity and gene patents. Science. 2011;331(6024):1521-1522.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Simeoni F, Tasselli L, Tanaka S, et al. Proteomic analysis of the SIRT6 interactome: novel links to genome maintenance and cellular stress signaling. Sci Rep. 2013;3:3085.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nova R. Soil Mechanics. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2013.
An edited book
Schuhmann MU, Czosnyka M, eds. Intracranial Pressure and Brain Monitoring XIV. Vol 114. Springer; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Orbay H, Cai W. Tissue Engineering Applications for Peripheral Nerve Repair. In: Cai W, ed. Engineering in Translational Medicine. Springer; 2014:133-153.

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 Ophthalmic Genetics.

Blog post
Hale T. Earthquake Scientists Have Lost Their Favorite Curb In San Francisco. IFLScience. Published July 8, 2016. Accessed October 30, 2018.


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. Developing and Using Questionnaires. U.S. Government Printing Office; 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hall ZB II. General Relativistic Non-Radial Oscillations in Compact Stars. Published online 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
Bartlett B. It’s Not Too Late to Fix Fox News. New York Times. September 19, 2016:A21.

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 titleOphthalmic Genetics
AbbreviationOphthalmic Genet.
ISSN (print)1381-6810
ISSN (online)1744-5094
Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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