How to format your references using the Atomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Atomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
A. Rokas, Genomics. Genomics and the tree of life, Science. 313 (2006) 1897–1899.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.E. Csete, J.C. Doyle, Reverse engineering of biological complexity, Science. 295 (2002) 1664–1669.
A journal article with 3 authors
L.R. Otterbein, P. Graceffa, R. Dominguez, The crystal structure of uncomplexed actin in the ADP state, Science. 293 (2001) 708–711.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Murahashi, M. Fujimoto, M.-A. Oka, Y. Hashimoto, T. Uemura, Y. Tatsumi, Y. Nakao, A. Ikeda, S. Sakaki, H. Kurosawa, Discrete sandwich compounds of monolayer palladium sheets, Science. 313 (2006) 1104–1107.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S. Nations, The Complete Book of Option Spreads and Combinations, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
S. Noble, WPF Recipes in C# 2008: A Problem-Solution Approach, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Lutz, F. Wolter, Mathematical Logic for Life Science Ontologies, in: H. Ono, M. Kanazawa, R. de Queiroz (Eds.), Logic, Language, Information and Computation: 16th International Workshop, WoLLIC 2009, Tokyo, Japan, June 21-24, 2009. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 37–47.

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 Atomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables.

Blog post
E. Andrew, The Life-Changing Love Of One Of The 20th Century’s Greatest Physicists, 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, A List of Selected GAO Publications Containing Checklists or Guidance on Computer Software Topics, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1984.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.-M.C. Nelson, The effect of class size on a teacher’s job satisfaction in a southeastern urban LEA, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 2008.

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
J. Kanter, Far-Right Leaders Loathe European Parliament, but Love Its Pay, New York Times. (2017) A12.

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 titleAtomic Data and Nuclear Data Tables
AbbreviationAt. Data Nucl. Data Tables
ISSN (print)0092-640X
ScopeNuclear and High Energy Physics
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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