How to format your references using the Nano-Micro Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nano-Micro 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.
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
1. V. Gewin, Nature 420, 4 (2002).
A journal article with 2 authors
1. D. E. Winkowski and E. I. Knudsen, Nature 439, 336 (2006).
A journal article with 3 authors
1. N. I. Storch, K. R. Anderson, and D. Lai, Science 345, 1317 (2014).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. N.-V. Mohamed, V. Plouffe, G. Rémillard-Labrosse, E. Planel, and N. Leclerc, Sci. Rep. 4, 5715 (2014).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. H.-J. Hübschmann, Handbook of GC-MS (Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2015).
An edited book
1. R. A. Sethi, I. J. Barani, D. A. Larson, and M. Roach III, editors , Handbook of Evidence-Based Stereotactic Radiosurgery and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy (Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016).
A chapter in an edited book
1. P. A. Benton, in Mathematics of Surfaces XII: 12th IMA International Conference, Sheffield, UK, September 4-6, 2007. Proceedings, edited by R. Martin, M. Sabin, and J. Winkler (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007), pp. 64–77.

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-Micro Letters.

Blog post
1. R. Andrews, IFLScience (2016).


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
1. Government Accountability Office, Commercial Aviation: Factors Affecting Efforts to Improve Air Service at Small Community Airports (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2003).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. P. A. Sowers, “Klanaheim”: Suburbia, Civic Identity, and the Second Ku Klux Klan, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
1. S. Kishkovsky, New York Times 53 (2002).

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-Micro Letters
AbbreviationNanomicro Lett.
ISSN (print)2311-6706
ISSN (online)2150-5551
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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