How to format your references using the Non-coding RNA Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Non-coding RNA Research. 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
W.E. Friedman, Plant science. One genome, two ontogenies, Science. 339 (2013) 1045–1046.
A journal article with 2 authors
I. Djupedal, K. Ekwall, Molecular biology. The paradox of silent heterochromatin, Science. 320 (2008) 624–625.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.M. Hsiang, M. Burke, E. Miguel, Quantifying the influence of climate on human conflict, Science. 341 (2013) 1235367.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B. Ding, L. Soblosky, K. Nguyen, J. Geng, X. Yu, A. Ramamoorthy, Z. Chen, Physiologically-relevant modes of membrane interactions by the human antimicrobial peptide, LL-37, revealed by SFG experiments, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1854.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K.R. Rao, Z.S. Bojkovic, D.A. Milovanovic, Introduction to Multimedia Communications, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
K. Grunewald, Landscape Development and Climate Change in Southwest Bulgaria (Pirin Mountains), Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Neri, S. Mazziotti, Ruolo della TC Dentascan nella valutazione pre-implantare, in: S. Mazziotti (Ed.), Il Dentascan, Springer, Milano, 2012: pp. 23–31.

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 Non-coding RNA Research.

Blog post
J. Davis, 2015 Nobel Prize For Chemistry Awarded For DNA Repair Studies, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 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, Aviation Safety: Slow Progress, Uncertain Future Threaten FAA Program To Measure Safety, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R. Taboada-Peña, A Self-Empowering Holistic Art-Based Model Designed to Promote Emotional Well-Being, Coping Skills, and Self-Esteem in Youth, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
B. Kenigsberg, The Layover, New York Times. (2017) C7.

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 titleNon-coding RNA Research
AbbreviationNoncoding RNA Res.
ISSN (print)2468-0540

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