How to format your references using the Nano Today citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nano Today. 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
J.H. Perepezko, Materials science. The hotter the engine, the better, Science. 326 (2009) 1068–1069.
A journal article with 2 authors
D. Dulcis, N.C. Spitzer, Illumination controls differentiation of dopamine neurons regulating behaviour, Nature. 456 (2008) 195–201.
A journal article with 3 authors
H. Rhee, L. Polak, E. Fuchs, Lhx2 maintains stem cell character in hair follicles, Science. 312 (2006) 1946–1949.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T.L. Anderson, R.J. Charlson, S.E. Schwartz, R. Knutti, O. Boucher, H. Rodhe, J. Heintzenberg, Atmospheric science. Climate forcing by aerosol--a hazy picture, Science. 300 (2003) 1103–1104.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Equipment Testing Procedures Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Trayed and Packed Columns, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
Y. Xiang, Blind Source Separation: Dependent Component Analysis, Springer, Singapore, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Niolu, A. Siracusano, Psychological Issues in Improving Adherence and Alliance, in: A. Vita, A. Siracusano, W. Fleischhacker (Eds.), Adherence to Antipsychotics in Schizophrenia, Springer, Milano, 2014: pp. 139–156.

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 Today.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, NASA’s Budget For 2017 Has Passed A Huge Hurdle, 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
Government Accountability Office, SSA Initiatives to Identify Coaching, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L. Forlano, When code meets place: Collaboration and innovation at WiFi hotspots, Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, 2008.

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
L. Saslow, School Chief, Never Accused, Quits After Scandal, New York Times. (2006) 14LI2.

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 Today
AbbreviationNano Today
ISSN (print)1748-0132
Biomedical Engineering
General Materials Science
Pharmaceutical Science

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