How to format your references using the Nuclear Receptor Signaling citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nuclear Receptor Signaling (NRS). 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Schleich, W. P. (2000) Engineering decoherence. Nature, 403, 256–257.
A journal article with 2 authors
Graham, S. & Hegde, D. (2015) Intellectual Property. Disclosing patents’ secrets. Science, 347, 236–237.
A journal article with 3 authors
Cheung, W. W. L., Watson, R., & Pauly, D. (2013) Signature of ocean warming in global fisheries catch. Nature, 497, 365–368.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Bai, H., Li, X., Hu, C., et al. (2013) Large-scale, three-dimensional, free-standing, and mesoporous metal oxide networks for high-performance photocatalysis. Sci Rep, 3, 2204.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wang, B.-C. (2008) Digital Signal Processing Techniques and Applications in Radar Image Processing (Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
Apikyan, S. & Diamond, D. (2006) Countering Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism (Dordrecht, Springer Netherlands).
A chapter in an edited book
Peterson, D. M., Hummel, C. A., Pauls, T. A., et al. (2008) Imaging the Effects of Rotation in Altair and Vega. In The Power of Optical/IR Interferometry: Recent Scientific Results and 2nd Generation Instrumentation: Proceedings of the ESO Workshop held in Garching, Germany, 4-8 April 2005, A. Richichi, F. Delplancke, F. Paresce, & A. Chelli, eds. (Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer), pp. 43–54.

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 Receptor Signaling.

Blog post
Andrew, E. (2014, April 5) Major Breakthrough Made In Stem Cell Research. 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 (2001) Early Childhood Programs: The Use of Impact Evaluations to Assess Program Effects (No. GAO-01-542) Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kim, S. (2004) Characterization of Ribosomal S6 Protein Phosphorylation and Posssible Control of Ribosome Biogenesis in Arabidopsis Cell Culture (Doctoral dissertation) Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2013, August 19) Manifesta Curator Named. New York Times, p. C3.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Schleich, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Graham & Hegde, 2015; Schleich, 2000).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Graham & Hegde, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Bai and others, 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleNuclear Receptor Signaling
AbbreviationNucl. Recept. Signal.
ISSN (online)1550-7629
ScopeGeneral Medicine

Other styles