How to format your references using the Nature Reviews Endocrinology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nature Reviews Endocrinology. 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
Meisterernst, M. Transcription. Mediator meets morpheus. Science 295, 984–985 (2002).
A journal article with 2 authors
Canadell, J. G. & Raupach, M. R. Managing forests for climate change mitigation. Science 320, 1456–1457 (2008).
A journal article with 3 authors
Amorisco, N. C., Evans, N. W. & van de Ven, G. The remnant of a merger between two dwarf galaxies in Andromeda II. Nature 507, 335–337 (2014).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Fernández-Chacón, R. et al. Synaptotagmin I functions as a calcium regulator of release probability. Nature 410, 41–49 (2001).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rodgers, N. Learning to Reason. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000).
An edited book
Peripherally Inserted Central Venous Catheters. (Springer, 2014).
A chapter in an edited book
Piattoni, S. Exploring European Union Macro-regional Strategies through the Lens of Multilevel Governance. in A ‘Macro-regional’ Europe in the Making: Theoretical Approaches and Empirical Evidence (eds. Gänzle, S. & Kern, K.) 75–97 (Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016).

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 Reviews Endocrinology.

Blog post
Davis, J. 5 Things That Make You Attractive To Mosquitoes. 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. School Lunch Program: Evaluation of Alternatives to Commodity Donations. (1987).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Engel, S. M. Proform-antecedent linking in listeners with language impairments and unimpaired listeners. (University of California San Diego, 2016).

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
Crow, K. Neighbors Defend Park From a Soccer Invasion. New York Times 148 (2002).

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 Reviews Endocrinology
AbbreviationNat. Rev. Endocrinol.
ISSN (print)1759-5029
ISSN (online)1759-5037
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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