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
Marshall, C. R. (2006) Evolution. Fossil record reveals tropics as cradle and museum. Science, 314, 66–67.
A journal article with 2 authors
Esler, W. P. & Wolfe, M. S. (2001) A portrait of Alzheimer secretases--new features and familiar faces. Science, 293, 1449–1454.
A journal article with 3 authors
Chow, J., Kopp, R. J., & Portney, P. R. (2003) Energy resources and global development. Science, 302, 1528–1531.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Sun, Y., Olson, R., Horning, M., Armstrong, N., Mayer, M., & Gouaux, E. (2002) Mechanism of glutamate receptor desensitization. Nature, 417, 245–253.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rich, P. (2011) Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders (Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
Erozan, Y. S. (2015) Cytopathology of Liver, Biliary Tract, Kidney and Adrenal Gland (A. Tatsas, Ed.) (Boston, MA, Springer US), Vol. 18.
A chapter in an edited book
Williams, D., Wang, M.-T., Chang, C.-H., Ahamed, S. I., & Chu, W. (2015) Agile Development for the Creation of Proper Human-Computer Interfaces for the Elderly. In Smart Homes and Health Telematics: 12th International Conference, ICOST 2014, Denver, CO, USA, June 25-27, 2014, Revised Papers, C. Bodine, S. Helal, T. Gu, & M. Mokhtari, eds. (Cham, Springer International Publishing), pp. 29–38.

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
Taub, B. (2016, August 3) Disco-Loving Sea Lion Helps Shed Light On Evolutionary Origins Of Music. 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 (2002) Federal Student Aid: Additional Management Improvements Would Clarify Strategic Direction and Enhance Accountability (No. GAO-02-255) 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
Pulice, S. W. (2013) The colonized child: Love, community, and wholeness as necessary elements of education (Doctoral dissertation) Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, 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
Greenhouse, L. (2008, March 27) Court Looks at Legal Role for Mentally Ill. New York Times, p. A21.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Marshall, 2006).
This sentence cites two references (Esler & Wolfe, 2001; Marshall, 2006).

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

  • Two authors: (Esler & Wolfe, 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Sun and others, 2002)

About the journal

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

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