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
Goldston, D. (2009) Mean what you say. Nature, 458, 563.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fujiwara, A. & Takahashi, Y. (2001) Manipulation of elementary charge in a silicon charge-coupled device. Nature, 410, 560–562.
A journal article with 3 authors
Davis, S. J., Caldeira, K., & Matthews, H. D. (2010) Future CO2 emissions and climate change from existing energy infrastructure. Science, 329, 1330–1333.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Lewis, A. C., Carslaw, N., Marriott, P. J., et al. (2000) A larger pool of ozone-forming carbon compounds in urban atmospheres. Nature, 405, 778–781.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kanel, G. C. (2017) Pathology of Liver Diseases (Oxford, UK, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd).
An edited book
Spinoglio, G. (2015) Robotic Surgery: Current Applications and New Trends (Milano, Springer).
A chapter in an edited book
Gunckel, K. L., Mohan, L., Covitt, B. A., & Anderson, C. W. (2012) Addressing Challenges in Developing Learning Progressions For Environmental Science Literacy. In Learning Progressions in Science: Current Challenges and Future Directions, A. C. Alonzo & A. W. Gotwals, eds. (Rotterdam, SensePublishers), pp. 39–75.

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, May 16) Novel System Calculates and “Prints” Patient Specific Drug Doses. 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 (1979) Government Programs and Organization Affecting Exports (No. ID-79-41) 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
Yuknis, C. M. (2010) A grounded theory of deaf middle school students’ revision of their own writing (Doctoral dissertation) University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, MD.

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
Hostetter, M. A. (2016, September 30) Dear Dad: We’ve Been Gay for a Really Long Time. New York Times, p. ST6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Goldston, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Fujiwara & Takahashi, 2001; Goldston, 2009).

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

  • Two authors: (Fujiwara & Takahashi, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Lewis and others, 2000)

About the journal

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

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