How to format your references using the Standards in Genomic Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Standards in Genomic Sciences. 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
1. Triendl R. Japan sets tissue donor guidelines. Nature. 2000;404:529.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Yin YW, Steitz TA. Structural basis for the transition from initiation to elongation transcription in T7 RNA polymerase. Science. 2002;298:1387–95.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Jablonski D, Roy K, Valentine JW. Out of the tropics: evolutionary dynamics of the latitudinal diversity gradient. Science. 2006;314:102–6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Wang X, Zhao X, Gao P, Wu M. c-Myc modulates microRNA processing via the transcriptional regulation of Drosha. Sci Rep. 2013;3:1942.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Sofronas A. Analytical Troubleshooting of Process Machinery and Pressure Vessels. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2005.
An edited book
1. Alpas H, Smith M, Kulmyrzaev A, editors. Strategies for Achieving Food Security in Central Asia. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Amadori D, Gosse L. Entropy Dissipation and Comparison with Lyapunov Estimates. In: Gosse L, editor. Error Estimates for Well-Balanced Schemes on Simple Balance Laws: One-Dimensional Position-Dependent Models. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015. p. 81–90.

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 Standards in Genomic Sciences.

Blog post
1. Andrew E. Rosetta Scientists Unveil The Source Of Ice And Dust Jets On Comet 67P. IFLScience. IFLScience; 2015.

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Earth Resources Information Satellite System Act. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1977 Jan. Report No.: B-181426.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Pratt JE. Investigating educational systems, leadership, and school culture: A holistic approach [Doctoral dissertation]. [Phoenix, AZ]: University of Phoenix; 2014.

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. Walsh MW. House Bill on Puerto Rico Debt Near Completion. New York Times. 2016 Apr 9;B2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleStandards in Genomic Sciences
AbbreviationStand. Genomic Sci.
ISSN (online)1944-3277
ScopeGenetics

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