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
Brauer, J. (2005) Establishing indicators for biodiversity. Science, 308, 791–2; author reply 791-2.
A journal article with 2 authors
McNeill, J. R. & Winiwarter, V. (2004) Breaking the sod: humankind, history, and soil. Science, 304, 1627–1629.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hamlin, J. K., Wynn, K., & Bloom, P. (2007) Social evaluation by preverbal infants. Nature, 450, 557–559.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Catherall, A. T., Eaves, L., King, P. J., & Booth, S. R. (2003) Magnetic levitation: Floating gold in cryogenic oxygen. Nature, 422, 579.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Schaik, C. P. V. (2015) The Primate Origins of Human Nature (Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley & Sons, Inc).
An edited book
Adams, A. A., Brenner, M., & Smith, M. (2013) Financial Cryptography and Data Security: FC 2013 Workshops, USEC and WAHC 2013, Okinawa, Japan, April 1, 2013, Revised Selected Papers (Berlin, Heidelberg, Springer), Vol. 7862.
A chapter in an edited book
Mehta, A., Faizan, M. K., & Caldamone, A. A. (2011) Hematuria: Gross and Microscopic. In Pediatric Urology: A General Urologist’s Guide, J. S. Palmer, ed. (Totowa, NJ, Humana Press), pp. 91–125.

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. (2015, August 6) Sharper GPS Needs Even More Accurate Atomic Clocks. 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 (1992) Natural Gas Pipelines: Greater Use of Instrumented Inspection Technology Can Improve Safety (No. RCED-92-237) 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
Usborne, E. L. (2012) Sediment and phosphorus dynamics behind weirs in agricultural drainage ditches (Doctoral dissertation) Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.

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
Shpigel, B. (2017, April 5) N.H.L.’s Olympics Stance Leaves Players Cold. New York Times, p. B7.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Brauer, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Brauer, 2005; McNeill & Winiwarter, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (McNeill & Winiwarter, 2004)
  • Three or more authors: (Catherall and others, 2003)

About the journal

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

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