How to format your references using the Constellations citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Constellations. 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
Darnell, Jennifer C. “Molecular Biology. Ribosome Rescue and Neurodegeneration.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 345, no. 6195 (July 25, 2014): 378–79.
A journal article with 2 authors
Sikes, James M., and Phillip A. Newmark. “Restoration of Anterior Regeneration in a Planarian with Limited Regenerative Ability.” Nature 500, no. 7460 (August 1, 2013): 77–80.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lee, Jonathan L. C., Barry J. Everitt, and Kerrie L. Thomas. “Independent Cellular Processes for Hippocampal Memory Consolidation and Reconsolidation.” Science (New York, N.Y.) 304, no. 5672 (May 7, 2004): 839–43.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Yasmin, Lyzu, Xianjue Chen, Keith A. Stubbs, and Colin L. Raston. “Optimising a Vortex Fluidic Device for Controlling Chemical Reactivity and Selectivity.” Scientific Reports 3 (2013): 2282.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Speight, James G. Rules of Thumb for Petroleum Engineers. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2017.
An edited book
Leal Filho, Walter, ed. Handbook of Climate Change Adaptation. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
Shetty, Naresh, and K. Mohan Iyer. “The Forearm.” In Trauma Management in Orthopedics, edited by K. Mohan Iyer, 39–48. London: Springer, 2013.

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 Constellations.

Blog post
Evans, Katy. “The World’s Healthiest Hearts Belong To The Tsimane People Of Bolivia.” IFLScience. IFLScience, March 21, 2017. https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/the-worlds-healthiest-hearts-belong-to-the-tsimane-people-of-bolivia/.

Reports

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. “Medical ADP Systems: Composite Health Care System Acquisition--Fair, Reasonable, Supported.” Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, March 4, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Goldberg, Adrienne L. “The Seriously Ill Patient’s Broken Care Continuum: One Community’s Action Response.” Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2017.

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
Kramer, Andrew E. “Remembering Slain Critic of Putin, Tens of Thousands March in Moscow.” New York Times, March 2, 2015.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference Jennifer C. Darnell, “Molecular Biology. Ribosome Rescue and Neurodegeneration,” Science (New York, N.Y.) 345, no. 6195 (July 25, 2014): 378–79, https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1257193..
This sentence cites two references Jennifer C. Darnell, “Molecular Biology. Ribosome Rescue and Neurodegeneration,” Science (New York, N.Y.) 345, no. 6195 (July 25, 2014): 378–79, https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1257193; James M. Sikes and Phillip A. Newmark, “Restoration of Anterior Regeneration in a Planarian with Limited Regenerative Ability,” Nature 500, no. 7460 (August 1, 2013): 77–80, https://doi.org/10.1038/nature12403..

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

  • Two authors: James M. Sikes and Phillip A. Newmark, “Restoration of Anterior Regeneration in a Planarian with Limited Regenerative Ability,” Nature 500, no. 7460 (August 1, 2013): 77–80.
  • Three authors: Jonathan L. C. Lee, Barry J. Everitt, and Kerrie L. Thomas, “Independent Cellular Processes for Hippocampal Memory Consolidation and Reconsolidation,” Science (New York, N.Y.) 304, no. 5672 (May 7, 2004): 839–43.
  • 4 or more authors: Lyzu Yasmin et al., “Optimising a Vortex Fluidic Device for Controlling Chemical Reactivity and Selectivity,” Scientific Reports 3 (2013): 2282, https://doi.org/10.1038/srep02282.

About the journal

Full journal titleConstellations
AbbreviationConstellations
ISSN (online)1467-8675
ScopeGeneral Psychology
General Social Sciences

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