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
Davidson EH. Emerging properties of animal gene regulatory networks. Nature 2010;468:911–20.
A journal article with 2 authors
Didenko YT, Suslick KS. The energy efficiency of formation of photons, radicals and ions during single-bubble cavitation. Nature 2002;418:394–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hemingway J, Field L, Vontas J. An overview of insecticide resistance. Science 2002;298:96–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Li F, Cowley DO, Banner D, Holle E, Zhang L, Su L. Efficient genetic manipulation of the NOD-Rag1-/-IL2RgammaC-null mouse by combining in vitro fertilization and CRISPR/Cas9 technology. Sci Rep 2014;4:5290.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Madden BJ. Wealth Creation. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
Kuhlin B, Thielmann H, editors. The Practical Real-Time Enterprise: Facts and Perspectives. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
Westphal LM, Massie JAM. Embryo and Oocyte Banking. In: Gracia C, Woodruff TK, editors. Oncofertility Medical Practice: Clinical Issues and Implementation, New York, NY: Springer; 2012, p. 51–61.

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
Andrew E. Lips are the Most Exposed Erogenous Zone, Which Makes Kissing Feel Very Good. IFLScience 2015. (accessed October 30, 2018).


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. Forest Service Not Ready to Acquire a Nationwide Geographic Information System. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Gemmer J. Shape Selection in the non-Euclidean Model of Elasticity. Doctoral dissertation. University of Arizona, 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
BRUCE LAMBERT; Reporting for this article was contributed by Faiza Akhtar, Beller PC, Burghardt LF, Cotsalas V, Toy VS, Vitello P, et al. Democrats Extend Control In Nassau and Suffolk. New York Times 2005:B10.

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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