How to format your references using the Transgenic Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Transgenic Research. 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
Baulcombe DC (2007) Molecular biology. Amplified silencing. Science 315:199–200
A journal article with 2 authors
Skinner G, Gorenstein P (2003) Astronomy (communication arising): black holes, fleas and microlithography. Nature 426:245–246
A journal article with 3 authors
Gruber N, Keeling CD, Bates NR (2002) Interannual variability in the North Atlantic Ocean carbon sink. Science 298:2374–2378
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Sun Z, Li G, Wang C, et al (2014) Community dynamics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes in an estuary reservoir. Sci Rep 4:6966

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McCrary SA (2009) Mastering Financial Accounting Essentials. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Malgrange C (2014) Symmetry and Physical Properties of Crystals. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Pelekis N, Theodoridis Y (2014) Mobility Database Management. In: Theodoridis Y (ed) Mobility Data Management and Exploration. Springer, New York, NY, pp 75–99

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 Transgenic Research.

Blog post
Hale T (2017) Nazi Submarine Wreck Immortalized In Cinema Found In Atlantic Ocean. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/nazi-submarine-wreck-immortalized-in-cinema-found-in-atlantic-ocean/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

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
Government Accountability Office (1993) Air Traffic Control: Improvements Needed In FAA’s Management of Acquisitions. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Raynor SL (2017) A Critical Quantitative Examination of the Relationship between Constructs of Engagement and Latino College Completion. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Brantley B (2017) Shhh, the Walls Have (Big) Ears. New York Times C4

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Baulcombe 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Skinner and Gorenstein 2003; Baulcombe 2007).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Skinner and Gorenstein 2003)
  • Three or more authors: (Sun et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleTransgenic Research
AbbreviationTransgenic Res.
ISSN (print)0962-8819
ISSN (online)1573-9368
ScopeAgronomy and Crop Science
Animal Science and Zoology
Biotechnology
Genetics

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