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
Mazzarello, P. Lombroso and Tolstoy. Nature 409, 983 (2001).
A journal article with 2 authors
Sugavaneshwar, R. P. & Nanda, K. K. Uninterrupted and reusable source for the controlled growth of nanowires. Sci. Rep. 3, 1172 (2013).
A journal article with 3 authors
Irwin, D. E., Bensch, S. & Price, T. D. Speciation in a ring. Nature 409, 333–337 (2001).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Ngo, T. T. M. et al. Noninvasive blood tests for fetal development predict gestational age and preterm delivery. Science 360, 1133–1136 (2018).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Good, P. I. Introduction to Statistics Through Resampling Methods and R. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2013).
An edited book
Spectroscopic Data of Steroid Glycosides: Pregnanes, Androstanes, and Miscellaneous: Volume 5. (Springer, 2006).
A chapter in an edited book
Postema, P. G. et al. Founder mutations in the Netherlands: SCN5a 1795insD, the first described arrhythmia overlap syndrome and one of the largest and best characterised families worldwide*. in Founder mutations in inherited cardiac diseases in the Netherlands (eds. Wilde, A. A. M. & Tintelen, J. P. van) 21–27 (Bohn Stafleu van Loghum, 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 Reviews Endocrinology.

Blog post
Davis, J. Scientists Develop Polymer That Can Be Applied To The Skin To Temporarily Erase Wrinkles. 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. Reimbursement of Depreciation and Interest Costs for Construction of Satellite Hospital. (1978).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Mantilla, A. N. The differences in the educational experiences and caregiver involvement in education between youth in foster care and those in care of their biological parents. (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
Pilon, M. In Suit, Ex-Employee Says Drug-Test Firm Mishandled Result. New York Times D6 (2014).

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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