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
Aubret F. Heart rates increase after hatching in two species of Natricine snakes. Sci Rep 2013;3:3384.
A journal article with 2 authors
Okamoto N, Inouye I. A secondary symbiosis in progress? Science 2005;310:287.
A journal article with 3 authors
Koechlin E, Ody C, Kouneiher F. The architecture of cognitive control in the human prefrontal cortex. Science 2003;302:1181–5.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Montoro DT, Haber AL, Biton M, Vinarsky V, Lin B, Birket SE, et al. A revised airway epithelial hierarchy includes CFTR-expressing ionocytes. Nature 2018;560:319–24.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mazar Madjar H. Radio Spectrum Management. Chichester, UK: John Wiley &;#38; Sons, Ltd; 2016.
An edited book
Keirsbilck B, Devroe W, Claes E, editors. Facing the Limits of the Law. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
Hieble JP. Animal Models for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. In: Andersson K-E, Michel MC, editors. Urinary Tract, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011, p. 69–79.

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
Andrews R. Peculiar Ancient Marine Reptile Reveals Life Evolved Rapidly After 'Great Dying” Apocalypse. IFLScience 2016. (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. Transportation Infrastructure: Managing the Costs of Large-Dollar Highway Projects. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Estep KL. Outreach Communication by Grassroots Environmental Organizations: A Case Study. Doctoral dissertation. Florida Atlantic University, 2010.

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
Kishkovsky S. Russia: Fire Destroys Church Near Ravine Where Remains of a Czar Were Found. New York Times 2010:A6.

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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