How to format your references using the Navigation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Navigation. 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
D. Psaltis, “Coherent optical information systems,” Science, vol. 298, no. 5597, pp. 1359–1363, Nov. 2002.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Guttman and J. L. Rinn, “Modular regulatory principles of large non-coding RNAs,” Nature, vol. 482, no. 7385, pp. 339–346, Feb. 2012.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. J. McGuire, M. S. Boettcher, and T. H. Jordan, “Foreshock sequences and short-term earthquake predictability on East Pacific Rise transform faults,” Nature, vol. 434, no. 7032, pp. 457–461, Mar. 2005.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Hu, F. Wu, S. Wu, C. L. Lam, X. Lin, and M. H. Wong, “Biochar and Glomus caledonium influence Cd accumulation of upland kangkong (Ipomoea aquatica Forsk.) intercropped with Alfred stonecrop (Sedum alfredii Hance),” Sci. Rep., vol. 4, p. 4671, Apr. 2014.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Y. Hase, Handbook of Power Systems Engineering with Power Electronics Applications. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2012.
An edited book
B. K. Sovacool, The Political Economy of Climate Change Adaptation. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Stanković, I. Orović, and E. Sejdić, “Digital Video,” in Multimedia Signals and Systems, I. Orović and E. Sejdić, Eds. Boston, MA: Springer US, 2012, pp. 199–231.

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 Navigation.

Blog post
J. O`Callaghan, “The Actual Building Blocks of Planets Have Been Spotted for the First Time Ever,” IFLScience, 07-Jul-2015. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 30-Oct-2018].


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, “Intermodal Freight Transportation: Projects and Planning Issues,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, NSIAD-96-159, Jul. 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L. C. Cheung, “Mixture models for left- and interval-censored data and concordance indices for composite survival outcomes,” Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 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
T. Troy, “How Conservatives Can Find Their Way,” New York Times, p. SR3, 08-Jul-2017.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleNavigation
AbbreviationNavigation (Wash.)
ISSN (print)0028-1522
ISSN (online)2161-4296
ScopeAerospace Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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