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
Ravetz, J. Sociology of science: Keep standards high. Nature 481, 25 (2012).
A journal article with 2 authors
Wortmann, U. G. & Chernyavsky, B. M. Effect of evaporite deposition on Early Cretaceous carbon and sulphur cycling. Nature 446, 654–656 (2007).
A journal article with 3 authors
Rajca, A., Wongsriratanakul, J. & Rajca, S. Magnetic ordering in an organic polymer. Science 294, 1503–1505 (2001).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Chen, L. et al. Structural insight into the autoinhibition mechanism of AMP-activated protein kinase. Nature 459, 1146–1149 (2009).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wang, J.-J. Hydraulic Fracturing in Earth-Rock Fill DAMS. (John Wiley & Sons, Singapore Pte. Ltd, 2014).
An edited book
Clerici, F. Il corpo in vetrina: Cura, immagine, benessere, consumo tra scienza dell’alimentazione e filosofia. (Springer, 2010).
A chapter in an edited book
Jiménez-Hoyuela García, J. M., Lozano, S. O., Torres, D. M. del V., Cardo, A. G. & Moreno, E. R. Nuclear Cardiology. in Learning Cardiac Imaging (eds. Ribes, R., Kuschnir, P., Luna, A., Vilanova, J. C. & Jimenez-Hoyuela, J. M.) 127–151 (Springer, 2010).

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
Hale, T. Never-Before-Seen Behavior Of Chimp Brushing Dead Son’s Teeth. IFLScience (2017).


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. Construction of a Computer Facilities Building by the Social Security Administration: Justification and Alternatives. (1976).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Shearer, J. Application of the recovery model in clinical practice. (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
Dobbins, J. How to Be an Airbnb Host Without Breaking the Law. New York Times RE12 (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 Reviews Endocrinology
AbbreviationNat. Rev. Endocrinol.
ISSN (print)1759-5029
ISSN (online)1759-5037
Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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