How to format your references using the Atención Familiar citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atención Familiar. 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
Bowles S. Being human: Conflict: Altruism’s midwife. Nature 2008;456:326–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dixson DL, Hay ME. Corals chemically cue mutualistic fishes to remove competing seaweeds. Science 2012;338:804–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rainville S, Thompson JK, Pritchard DE. An ion balance for ultra-high-precision atomic mass measurements. Science 2004;303:334–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Drescher M, Hentschel M, Kienberger R, Uiberacker M, Yakovlev V, Scrinzi A, et al. Time-resolved atomic inner-shell spectroscopy. Nature 2002;419:803–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Pandya R. Mobile and Personal Communication Services and Systems. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2005.
An edited book
Hirsch F. Peacocks and Associated Martingales, with Explicit Constructions. Milano: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Deutsch C. Tunnel Vision: Insights from Biochemical and Biophysical Studies. In: Ito K, editor. Regulatory Nascent Polypeptides, Tokyo: Springer Japan; 2014, p. 61–86.

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 Atención Familiar.

Blog post
Davis J. Scientists Create Amazing 3D Cast Of Renowned Philosopher’s Brain. IFLScience 2017.


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. Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Provision of Charitable Assistance. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Yalof B. Marshaling Resources: A Classic Grounded Theory Study of Online Learners. Doctoral dissertation. Northcentral University, 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
Paulson M. ‘Moulin Rouge’ Musical Will Debut in Boston. New York Times 2017:C3.

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 titleAtención Familiar
ISSN (print)1405-8871

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