How to format your references using the Journal of Neonatal Nursing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Neonatal 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
Bertone, G., 2010. The moment of truth for WIMP dark matter. Nature 468, 389–393.
A journal article with 2 authors
Subang, M.C., Richardson, P.M., 2009. Neuroscience. Nuclear power for axonal growth. Science 326, 238–239.
A journal article with 3 authors
Stott, L., Timmermann, A., Thunell, R., 2007. Southern Hemisphere and deep-sea warming led deglacial atmospheric CO2 rise and tropical warming. Science 318, 435–438.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Wible, J.R., Rougier, G.W., Novacek, M.J., Asher, R.J., 2007. Cretaceous eutherians and Laurasian origin for placental mammals near the K/T boundary. Nature 447, 1003–1006.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kurrer, K.-E., 2016. Geschichte der Baustatik. Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn, Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin, Germany.
An edited book
Khan, M.A., Böer, B., Öztürk, M., Abdessalaam, T.Z.A., Clüsener-Godt, M., Gul, B. (Eds.), 2014. Sabkha Ecosystems: Volume IV: Cash Crop Halophyte and Biodiversity Conservation, Tasks for Vegetation Science. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Carrascosa, C., Terrasa, A., García-Fornes, A., Espinosa, A., Botti, V., 2006. A Meta-Reasoning Model for Hard Real-Time Agents, in: Marín, R., Onaindía, E., Bugarín, A., Santos, J. (Eds.), Current Topics in Artificial Intelligence: 11th Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence, CAEPIA 2005, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, November 16-18, 2005, Revised Selected Papers, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 42–51.

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 Journal of Neonatal Nursing.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. Drone Quadcopter Explores Volcanic Eruption [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1984. A Long-Term Plan Is Needed To Guide DOE and Multiprogram Laboratory Research and Development Activities (No. RCED-84-30). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Cheung, M., 2010. An integrated change model in project management (Doctoral dissertation). University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Kanter, J., 2017. An Olio of E.U. Rules, Leading to Food Fights. New York Times B2.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Bertone, 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Bertone, 2010; Subang and Richardson, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Subang and Richardson, 2009)
  • Three or more authors: (Wible et al., 2007)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Neonatal Nursing
AbbreviationJ. Neonatal Nurs.
ISSN (print)1355-1841
ScopeMaternity and Midwifery

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