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
Marley MS. Planetary science. Probing an extrasolar planet. Science 2013;339:1393–4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bakkenist CJ, Kastan MB. DNA damage activates ATM through intermolecular autophosphorylation and dimer dissociation. Nature 2003;421:499–506.
A journal article with 3 authors
Usuki F, Fujimura M, Yamashita A. Endoplasmic reticulum stress preconditioning attenuates methylmercury-induced cellular damage by inducing favorable stress responses. Sci Rep 2013;3:2346.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Kuiper KF, Deino A, Hilgen FJ, Krijgsman W, Renne PR, Wijbrans JR. Synchronizing rock clocks of Earth history. Science 2008;320:500–4.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Tikhomirov VV. Hydrogeochemistry Fundamentals and Advances. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley &;#38; Sons, Inc.; 2016.
An edited book
Brasseur GP. Aeronomy of the Middle Atmosphere: Chemistry and Physics of the Stratosphere and Mesosphere. vol. 32. Third revised and enlarged edition. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
Prodan E, Schulz-Baldes H. The Topological Invariants and Their Interrelations. In: Schulz-Baldes H, editor. Bulk and Boundary Invariants for Complex Topological Insulators: From K-Theory to Physics, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016, p. 113–43.

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
Hale T. NASA Finds Long-Lost Spacecraft After Nearly Two Years Of No Contact. 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. Depository Institutions: Contracting Practices With Data Processing Servicers. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Adijanto J. Metabolic acid transport in human retinal pigment epithelium. Doctoral dissertation. University of Maryland, College Park, 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
Kelly K, Rappeport A. White House Tempers Ambitions for Cutting Corporate Tax Rate. New York Times 2017:A17.

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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