How to format your references using the Geriatric Nursing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Geriatric 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.
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
Faedi F. Exoplanets: A glimpse of Earth’s fate. Nature. 2015;526(7574):515-516.
A journal article with 2 authors
Roberts G, Sherratt TN. Behaviorial evolution: does similarity breed cooperation? Nature. 2002;418(6897):499-500; discussion 500.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kokoouline V, Greene CH, Esry BD. Mechanism for the destruction of H+3 ions by electron impact. Nature. 2001;412(6850):891-894.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Lev M, Ludwig K, Gilaie-Dotan S, et al. Training improves visual processing speed and generalizes to untrained functions. Sci Rep. 2014;4:7251.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Lane C. Magnolia. Wiley-Blackwell; 2011.
An edited book
L’Abate L. Relational Competence Theory: Research and Mental Health Applications. (Cusinato M, Maino E, Colesso W, Scilletta C, eds.). Springer; 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Raut JS, Karuppayil SM. Bioprospecting of Plant Essential Oils for Medicinal Uses. In: Fulekar MH, Pathak B, Kale RK, eds. Environment and Sustainable Development. Springer India; 2014:59-76.

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 Geriatric Nursing.

Blog post
O`Callaghan J. The Actual Building Blocks of Planets Have Been Spotted for the First Time Ever. IFLScience. Published July 7, 2015. 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. Federal Aviation Administration: Preliminary Observations of Potential Air Traffic Control Restructuring Transition Issues. U.S. Government Printing Office; 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Harvey SL. From “The Man With the Hoe” to “Tobacco Road”: Class, Poverty and Religion and the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union. Published online 2012.

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
Saslow L. Insider Named President of Farmingdale College. New York Times. January 21, 2007:LI2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleGeriatric Nursing
AbbreviationGeriatr. Nurs.
ISSN (print)0197-4572

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