How to format your references using the NFS Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for NFS Journal. 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. Goldston, US election: Not the best advice, Nature. 455 (2008) 453.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.M. Verheyden, X. Sun, An Fgf/Gremlin inhibitory feedback loop triggers termination of limb bud outgrowth, Nature. 454 (2008) 638–641.
A journal article with 3 authors
F. Usuki, M. Fujimura, A. Yamashita, Endoplasmic reticulum stress preconditioning attenuates methylmercury-induced cellular damage by inducing favorable stress responses, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2346.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Masuda, T. Awaji, N. Sugiura, J.P. Matthews, T. Toyoda, Y. Kawai, T. Doi, S. Kouketsu, H. Igarashi, K. Katsumata, H. Uchida, T. Kawano, M. Fukasawa, Simulated rapid warming of abyssal North Pacific waters, Science. 329 (2010) 319–322.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.G. Moore, A. Garland, Cognitive Therapy for Chronic and Persistent Depression, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, West Sussex, England, 2008.
An edited book
A. McLysaght, D.H. Huson, eds., Comparative Genomics: RECOMB 2005 International Workshop, RCG 2005, Dublin, Ireland, September 18-20, 2005. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
R.S. El-Emam, I. Dincer, Modeling of Fluidized Bed Gasification of Rice Straw in Egypt, in: I. Dincer, C.O. Colpan, O. Kizilkan, M.A. Ezan (Eds.), Progress in Clean Energy, Volume 1: Analysis and Modeling, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 57–71.

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 NFS Journal.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Alcohol Is One Of The 5 Most Addictive Substances On The Planet, 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, Policy and Procedures Pertaining to Procurement of ADP Equipment, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B.K. Butler, Error Floors of LDPC Codes and Related Topics, Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego, 2013.

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
E. Schmitt, Vast Exercise Demonstrated Russia’s Growing Military Prowess, New York Times. (2017) A11.

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 titleNFS Journal
ISSN (print)2352-3646

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