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
A. A. Fenton, “Neuroscience. Where am I?,” Science, vol. 315, no. 5814, pp. 947–949, Feb. 2007.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Bollrath and F. Powrie, “Immunology. Feed your Tregs more fiber,” Science, vol. 341, no. 6145, pp. 463–464, Aug. 2013.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. M. Girart, R. Rao, and D. P. Marrone, “Magnetic fields in the formation of sun-like stars,” Science, vol. 313, no. 5788, pp. 812–814, Aug. 2006.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Li, K. J. Van Vliet, T. Zhu, S. Yip, and S. Suresh, “Atomistic mechanisms governing elastic limit and incipient plasticity in crystals,” Nature, vol. 418, no. 6895, pp. 307–310, Jul. 2002.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Vaughan, N. Robinson, N. Lucas, and S. Arulkumaran, Handbook of Obstetric High Dependency Care. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
An edited book
E. M. Bitner-Gregersen, Ship and Offshore Structure Design in Climate Change Perspective. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
W. P. Erchul and B. K. Martens, “Bases of an Integrated Model of School Consultation,” in School Consultation: Conceptual and Empirical Bases of Practice, B. K. Martens, Ed. New York, NY: Springer, 2010, pp. 83–103.

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
E. Andrew, “SpaceX Rocket Smashes Into Ship During Failed Return Experiment,” IFLScience, 12-Jan-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, “Statistical Agencies: A Comparison of the U.S. and Canadian Statistical Systems,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GGD-96-142, Aug. 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. S. To, “Loss of Promoter Methylation is Correlated with mRNA Induction of Senescence Upregulated Gene UGT78D1,” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
K. Feeney, “Baked by Hand, With Heart,” New York Times, p. NJ8, 05-Apr-2009.

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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