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
Deshaies, R. J. (2014) Structural biology: Corralling a protein-degradation regulator. Nature, 512, 145–146.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yartsev, M. M. & Ulanovsky, N. (2013) Representation of three-dimensional space in the hippocampus of flying bats. Science, 340, 367–372.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kayser, M. S., Yue, Z., & Sehgal, A. (2014) A critical period of sleep for development of courtship circuitry and behavior in Drosophila. Science, 344, 269–274.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Evan, A. T., Vimont, D. J., Heidinger, A. K., Kossin, J. P., & Bennartz, R. (2009) The role of aerosols in the evolution of tropical North Atlantic Ocean temperature anomalies. Science, 324, 778–781.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Labadie, N., Prins, C., & Prodhon, C. (2016) Metaheuristics for Vehicle Routing Problems (Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
Campilho, A. & Kamel, M. (2010) Image Analysis and Recognition: 7th International Conference, ICIAR 2010, Póvoa de Varzin, Portugal, June 21-23, 2010, Proceedings, Part II (Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer), Vol. 6112.
A chapter in an edited book
Razzaque, M. A., S., A. S., & Cheraghi, S. M. (2013) Security and Privacy in Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks: Survey and the Road Ahead. In Wireless Networks and Security: Issues, Challenges and Research Trends, S. Khan & A.-S. Khan Pathan, eds. (Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer), pp. 107–132.

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
Hamilton, K. (2016, August 23) What Is The Absolute Limit For Human Athletes? Here’s The Science.. 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 (2006) Election Reform: Nine States’ Experiences Implementing Federal Requirements for Computerized Statewide Voter Registration Lists (No. GAO-06-247) 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
Zolfaghari, S. S. (2015) The relationship between folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6 intakes and depression in women who use hormonal oral contraceptives (Doctoral dissertation) California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.

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
Crow, K. (2002, July 7) Some Merchants Tire of Going Hollywood. New York Times, p. 145.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Deshaies, 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Deshaies, 2014; Yartsev & Ulanovsky, 2013).

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

  • Two authors: (Yartsev & Ulanovsky, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Evan and others, 2009)

About the journal

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

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