How to format your references using the Clinical Simulation in Nursing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Clinical Simulation in Nursing. 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
Clayton, J. (2010). Chagas disease: pushing through the pipeline. Nature, 465(7301), S12-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Milligan, A. J., & Morel, F. M. M. (2002). A proton buffering role for silica in diatoms. Science (New York, N.Y.), 297(5588), 1848–1850.
A journal article with 3 authors
Sparks, R. S. J., Biggs, J., & Neuberg, J. W. (2012). Geophysics. Monitoring volcanoes. Science (New York, N.Y.), 335(6074), 1310–1311.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Waks, E., Inoue, K., Santori, C., Fattal, D., Vuckovic, J., Solomon, G. S., & Yamamoto, Y. (2002). Secure communication: quantum cryptography with a photon turnstile. Nature, 420(6917), 762.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Crane, S. (2013). Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dao. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Masferrer, A., & García-Sánchez, E. (Eds.). (2016). Human Dignity of the Vulnerable in the Age of Rights: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Vol. 55). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Fairbairn, B. (2015). Strongly Real Beauville Groups. In I. Bauer, S. Garion, & A. Vdovina (Eds.), Beauville Surfaces and Groups (pp. 41–61). Springer International Publishing.

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 Clinical Simulation in Nursing.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, January 11). Hikers Film A Beautiful Spinning Ice Disk On A Frozen River. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2016). Intellectual Property: Patent Office Should Define Quality, Reassess Incentives, and Improve Clarity (GAO-16-490). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Obiedat, M. (2015). Incrementally Sorted Lattice Data Structures [Doctoral dissertation]. George Washington University.

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
Grynbaum, M. M. (2017, October 31). Writing Partner ‘Flabbergasted’ By Accusations Against Halperin. New York Times, B1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Clayton, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Clayton, 2010; Milligan & Morel, 2002).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Milligan & Morel, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Sparks et al., 2012)
  • 6 or more authors: (Waks et al., 2002)

About the journal

Full journal titleClinical Simulation in Nursing
AbbreviationClin. Simul. Nurs.
ISSN (print)1876-1399
ScopeModelling and Simulation
Nursing (miscellaneous)

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