How to format your references using the Nature Biotechnology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nature Biotechnology. 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.
Marbán, E. Cardiac channelopathies. Nature 415, 213–218 (2002).
A journal article with 2 authors
1.
Kuo, I.-F. W. & Mundy, C. J. An ab initio molecular dynamics study of the aqueous liquid-vapor interface. Science 303, 658–660 (2004).
A journal article with 3 authors
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Quax, R., Kandhai, D. & Sloot, P. M. A. Information dissipation as an early-warning signal for the Lehman Brothers collapse in financial time series. Sci. Rep. 3, 1898 (2013).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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Chavez, F. P., Ryan, J., Lluch-Cota, S. E. & Niquen C, M. From anchovies to sardines and back: multidecadal change in the Pacific Ocean. Science 299, 217–221 (2003).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1.
Glisic, S. G. Advanced Wireless Communications & Internet. (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2011).
An edited book
1.
Biehl, P. F. Heritage in the Context of Globalization: Europe and the Americas. 8, (Springer, 2013).
A chapter in an edited book
1.
Vujanic, G. M. Pathology of Renal Tumours of Childhood. in Renal Tumors of Childhood: Biology and Therapy (eds. Pritchard-Jones, K. & Dome, J. S.) 53–76 (Springer, 2014).

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 Nature Biotechnology.

Blog post
1.
Andrew, E. Oddball Animal Friendships. IFLScience (2013).

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. Marine Transportation: Federal Financing and a Framework for Infrastructure Investments. (U.S. Government Printing Office, 2002).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1.
Lyzlov, A. In Vivo Efficacy of Lanthanum Carbonate on Intestinal Phosphorus Absorption in Stage Five Chronic Kidney Disease Patients Undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis. (California State University, Long Beach, 2017).

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.
Bromwich, J. E. Real-Life Harvey and Irma Marvel at the Hurricanes. New York Times A16 (2017).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleNature Biotechnology
AbbreviationNat. Biotechnol.
ISSN (print)1087-0156
ISSN (online)1546-1696
ScopeBiotechnology
Molecular Medicine
Bioengineering
Biomedical Engineering
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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