How to format your references using the Small GTPases citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Small GTPases. 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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Smaglik P. Scientific personalities. Nature 2005; 433:177.
A journal article with 2 authors
1.
Denchi EL, de Lange T. Protection of telomeres through independent control of ATM and ATR by TRF2 and POT1. Nature 2007; 448:1068–71.
A journal article with 3 authors
1.
Douglas SM, Bachelet I, Church GM. A logic-gated nanorobot for targeted transport of molecular payloads. Science 2012; 335:831–4.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
1.
Hu Y-L, Lu S, Szeto KW, Sun J, Wang Y, Lasheras JC, Chien S. FAK and paxillin dynamics at focal adhesions in the protrusions of migrating cells. Sci Rep 2014; 4:6024.

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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Zhong Q-C, Hornik T. Control of Power Inverters in Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Integration. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.; 2012.
An edited book
1.
Chenneville T, editor. A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV: Bridging the Gaps Between Research and Practice. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
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Rischpater R, Zucker D. Beginning Qt Development. In: Zucker D, editor. Beginning Nokia Apps Development: Qt and HTML5 for Symbian and MeeGo. Berkeley, CA: Apress; 2010. page 59–86.

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 Small GTPases.

Blog post
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Andrew E. Visualization Of Recent Asteroid Impacts With Earth. IFLScience2014;

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. Aviation Security: FAA’s Deployments of Equipment to Detect Traces of Explosives. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1.
Bissell GH. Working in the transference as a multicultural intervention. 2011;

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
1.
Koblin J. Into the Fray of Great TV. New York Times2017; :B1.

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 titleSmall GTPases
AbbreviationSmall GTPases
ISSN (print)2154-1248
ISSN (online)2154-1256
ScopeBiochemistry
Cell Biology

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