How to format your references using the RNA Biology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for RNA Biology. 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
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Campbell CT. Physics. The active site in nanoparticle gold catalysis. Science 2004; 306:234–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Bradshaw W, Holzapfel C. Evolution. Tantalizing timeless. Science 2007; 316:1851–2.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Mito Y, Henikoff JG, Henikoff S. Histone replacement marks the boundaries of cis-regulatory domains. Science 2007; 315:1408–11.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Xu W, Kim T-H, Zhai D, Er JC, Zhang L, Kale AA, Agrawalla BK, Cho Y-K, Chang Y-T. Make caffeine visible: a fluorescent caffeine “traffic light” detector. Sci Rep 2013; 3:2255.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Moskowitz HR, Muñoz AM, Gacula MC Jr. Viewpoints and Controversies in Sensory Science and Consumer Product Testing. Trumbull, Connecticut, USA: Food & Nutrition Press, Inc.; 2008.
An edited book
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Harrison T, editor. Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context: Volume 2: Fossil Hominins and the Associated Fauna. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
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Schier F, Turial S. Upper Abdomen. In: Turial S, editor. Laparoscopy in Children. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013. page 45–63.

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 RNA Biology.

Blog post
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Fang J. Jupiter Was A Wrecking Ball That Smashed Through Early Solar System. IFLScience2015;

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. Commercial Space Launches: FAA’s Risk Assessment Process Is Not Yet Updated. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Al Hashimi H. Local Measurement and Characterization via Fluorescing Materials for Phase Change Heat Transfer Applications. 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
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Gurley G. London To Harlem Via Chelsea. New York Times2013; :E1.

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 titleRNA Biology
AbbreviationRNA Biol.
ISSN (print)1547-6286
ISSN (online)1555-8584
ScopeCell Biology
Molecular Biology

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