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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Savage N. Aerodynamics: Vortices and robobees. Nature 2015; 521:S64-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
1.
Cook-Deegan RM, McCormack SJ. Intellectual property. Patents, secrecy, and DNA. Science 2001; 293:217.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Meier P, Finch A, Evan G. Apoptosis in development. Nature 2000; 407:796–801.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
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Dortmans JCFM, Dekkers J, Wickramasinghe INA, Verheije MH, Rottier PJM, van Kuppeveld FJM, de Vries E, de Haan CAM. Adaptation of novel H7N9 influenza A virus to human receptors. Sci Rep 2013; 3:3058.

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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Pelto M. Recent Climate Change Impacts on Mountain Glaciers. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2017.
An edited book
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Orshansky M. Design for Manufacturability and Statistical Design: A Constructive Approach. Boston, MA: Springer US; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
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Małachowski B. Multiple Criteria Decision Support System for Tender Consortium Building Within the Cluster Organization. In: Różewski P, Novikov D, Bakhtadze N, Zaikin O, editors. New Frontiers in Information and Production Systems Modelling and Analysis: Incentive Mechanisms, Competence Management, Knowledge-based Production. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016. page 105–17.

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. Young People And E-Cigarettes: What We Know So Far [Internet]. IFLScience2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]; Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/young-people-and-e-cigarettes-what-we-know-so-far/

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. Surface Transportation: Improvements in the Bureau of Transportation Statistics’ Commodity Flow Survey. 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
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Lieberman V. One yard shy of empowerment: Cinematic portrayals of female athletes. 2012;

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.
Eligon J. Ferguson Voters Return a White Mayor to Office. New York Times2017; :A11.

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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