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
Shear, W. A. (2000) Jane Gray (1929-2000). Nature, 405, 34.
A journal article with 2 authors
Jones-Smith, K. & Mathur, H. (2006) Fractal Analysis: revisiting Pollock’s drip paintings. Nature, 444, E9-10; discussion E10-11.
A journal article with 3 authors
Alapan, Y., Little, J. A., & Gurkan, U. A. (2014) Heterogeneous red blood cell adhesion and deformability in sickle cell disease. Sci Rep, 4, 7173.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Koleilat, G. I., Kramer, I. J., Wong, C. T. O., et al. (2013) Folded-light-path colloidal quantum dot solar cells. Sci Rep, 3, 2166.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mullaney, M. D. (2009) The Complete Guide to Option Strategies (Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
An edited book
Mjølsnes, S. F. (2015) Technology and Practice of Passwords: International Conference on Passwords, PASSWORDS’14, Trondheim, Norway, December 8-10, 2014, Revised Selected Papers (Cham, Springer International Publishing), Vol. 9393.
A chapter in an edited book
Saeidnia, S., Gohari, A. R., Manayi, A., & Kourepaz-Mahmoodabadi, M. (2016) Biological and Pharmacological Activity. In Satureja: Ethnomedicine, Phytochemical Diversity and Pharmacological Activities, A. R. Gohari, A. Manayi, & M. Kourepaz-Mahmoodabadi, eds. (Cham, Springer International Publishing), pp. 41–56.

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. (2016, May 17) Have Children? Here’s How Kids Ruin Your Romantic Relationship. 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 (2008) Responses to Questions for the Record; September 2008 Hearing on the Next Generation Air Transportation System: Status and Issues (No. GAO-09-130R) 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
McCollough, K. D. (2017) Applying Military Developments in Netcentricity to Civilian Emergency Management (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
Gustines, G. G. (2009, November 12) Sheldon Dorf, 76, Founder of Comic-Con. New York Times, p. B18.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Shear, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Jones-Smith & Mathur, 2006; Shear, 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Jones-Smith & Mathur, 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Koleilat and others, 2013)

About the journal

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

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