How to format your references using the Nuclear Engineering and Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nuclear Engineering and Technology. 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
J. Guest, Ecology. How reefs respond to mass coral spawning, Science. 320 (2008) 621–623.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.M. Fernandez, H. Li, Force-clamp spectroscopy monitors the folding trajectory of a single protein, Science. 303 (2004) 1674–1678.
A journal article with 3 authors
G.M. Lazzerini, L.M. Strambini, G. Barillaro, Addressing reliability and degradation of chemitransistor sensors by electrical tuning of the sensitivity, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1161.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Porciello, B.S. Holmes, M.T. Liuzza, F. Crostella, S.M. Aglioti, I. Bufalari, Interpersonal multisensory stimulation reduces the overwhelming distracting power of self-gaze: psychophysical evidence for “engazement,” Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6669.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.H.P. Ambaum, Thermal Physics of the Atmosphere, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2010.
An edited book
R. Lee, ed., Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel/Distributed Computing 2012, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
A. McNeile, E. Roubtsova, Aspect-Oriented Development Using Protocol Modeling, in: S. Katz, M. Mezini, J. Kienzle (Eds.), Transactions on Aspect-Oriented Software Development VII: A Common Case Study for Aspect-Oriented Modeling, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 115–150.

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 Nuclear Engineering and Technology.

Blog post
J. Davis, Andean Bear Spotted Ambling Around Machu Picchu, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Supply Chain Security: CBP Needs to Conduct Regular Assessments of Its Cargo Targeting System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2012.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.J. Hayen, Canine-Assisted Psychotherapy: Finding the Way Back to Our Animal Soul, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 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.M. Greenhill, Don’t Dumb Down the Army, New York Times. (2006) A23.

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 titleNuclear Engineering and Technology
AbbreviationNucl. Eng. Technol.
ISSN (print)1738-5733
ScopeNuclear Energy and Engineering

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