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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nature Reviews Nephrology. 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
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Davis, M. E. Ordered porous materials for emerging applications. Nature 417, 813–821 (2002).
A journal article with 2 authors
1.
Aanen, D. K. & Bisseling, T. Microbiology. The birth of cooperation. Science 345, 29–30 (2014).
A journal article with 3 authors
1.
Moray, C., Game, E. T. & Maxted, N. Prioritising in situ conservation of crop resources: a case study of African cowpea (Vigna unguiculata). Sci. Rep. 4, 5247 (2014).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
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deYoung, B. et al. Challenges of modeling ocean basin ecosystems. Science 304, 1463–1466 (2004).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Du, D.-Z. & Ko, K.-I. Theory of Computational Complexity. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2014).
An edited book
1.
New Trends in Educational Activity in the Field of Mechanism and Machine Theory. vol. 19 (Springer International Publishing, 2014).
A chapter in an edited book
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Shaw, S. & Kellenberger, K. Querying Multiple Tables. in Beginning T-SQL 2012 (ed. Kellenberger, K.) 131–167 (Apress, 2012).

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 Nephrology.

Blog post
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Andrews, R. Clean Energy Sources Provided Up To 50% Of The UK’s Electricity This Summer. IFLScience (2016).

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. Telecommunications: State and Federal Actions to Curb Slamming and Cramming. (1999).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1.
Edwards, K. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Narratives: Personalization of Delivery via Brief Experimental Analysis. (Southern Illinois University, 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.
St. John Kelly, E. The Magical Mystery Block. New York Times 147 (1998).

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 Nephrology
AbbreviationNat. Rev. Nephrol.
ISSN (print)1759-5061
ISSN (online)1759-507X
ScopeNephrology

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