How to format your references using the Nano Communication Networks citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nano Communication Networks. 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
G. Fishell, Hurricane Sandy: After the deluge, Nature. 496 (2013) 421–422.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.R. McIntosh, N.J. Lobaugh, Neuroscience. When is a word not a word?, Science. 301 (2003) 322–323.
A journal article with 3 authors
V. Vajda, J.I. Raine, C.J. Hollis, Indication of global deforestation at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary by New Zealand fern spike, Science. 294 (2001) 1700–1702.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.M. Grebmeier, J.E. Overland, S.E. Moore, E.V. Farley, E.C. Carmack, L.W. Cooper, K.E. Frey, J.H. Helle, F.A. McLaughlin, S.L. McNutt, A major ecosystem shift in the northern Bering Sea, Science. 311 (2006) 1461–1464.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K.S.N. Raju, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, and Mass Transfer, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
Koss Md Fcrp Leopold, Koss’s Cytology of the Urinary Tract with Histopathologic Correlations, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Meghini, N. Spyratos, Computing Intensions of Digital Library Collections, in: S.O. Kuznetsov, S. Schmidt (Eds.), Formal Concept Analysis: 5th International Conference, ICFCA 2007, Clermont-Ferrand, France, February 12-16, 2007. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007: pp. 66–81.

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 Nano Communication Networks.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Scientists May Have Proven Women Are Better at Multitasking than Men, IFLScience. (2017).


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, College Debit Cards: Actions Needed to Address ATM Access, Student Choice, and Transparency, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R.A. Marquez, Examining coping skills used to deal with daily stressors of law enforcement, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
M.W. Walsh, Eugene R. Anderson, 82; He Made Insurers Pay Up, New York Times. (2010) A17.

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 titleNano Communication Networks
AbbreviationNano Commun. Netw.
ISSN (print)1878-7789
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Applied Mathematics

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