How to format your references using the International Nano Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Nano Letters. 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
Davis, A.M.: Astronomy. Early solar system chronology. Science. 325, 951–952 (2009)
A journal article with 2 authors
Komatsu, T., Itino, T.: Moth caterpillar solicits for homopteran honeydew. Sci. Rep. 4, 3922 (2014)
A journal article with 3 authors
Moser, D.E., Flowers, R.M., Hart, R.J.: Birth of the Kaapvaal tectosphere 3.08 billion years ago. Science. 291, 465–468 (2001)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Sarbassov, D.D., Guertin, D.A., Ali, S.M., Sabatini, D.M.: Phosphorylation and regulation of Akt/PKB by the rictor-mTOR complex. Science. 307, 1098–1101 (2005)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ahonen, T.T., Kasper, T., Melkko, S.: 3G Marketing. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2005)
An edited book
Scheschkewitz, D. ed: Functional Molecular Silicon Compounds I: Regular Oxidation States. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Alexandrino, M.M., Bettiol, R.G.: Polar Foliations. In: Bettiol, R.G. (ed.) Lie Groups and Geometric Aspects of Isometric Actions. pp. 109–137. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)

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 International Nano Letters.

Blog post
Hale, T.: If We Don’t Cut Our Carbon Emissions, This Is What The World Will Look Like By 2100,


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: K-12 Education: Many Challenges Arise in Educating Students Who Change Schools Frequently. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2010)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hsu, Y.-C.: A cultural psychosocial model for depression in elder care institutions: The roles of Socially Supportive Activity and self-transcendence, (2009)

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
Tackett, M.: As Well-Educated Leave, Iowa’s Shift to G.O.P. Is a Matter of Degree, (2017)

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 titleInternational Nano Letters
AbbreviationInt. Nano Lett.
ISSN (print)2008-9295
ISSN (online)2228-5326

Other styles