How to format your references using the Nucleic Acids Research - Web Server Issue citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nucleic Acids Research - Web Server Issue. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
1. Braun,D.M. (2012) Plant science. SWEET! The pathway is complete. Science, 335, 173–174.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Ofek,G. and Diskin,R. (2014) HIV. Expanding the breadth of an HIV-1 vaccine. Science, 346, 1290–1291.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Samokhvalov,I.M., Samokhvalova,N.I. and Nishikawa,S.-I. (2007) Cell tracing shows the contribution of the yolk sac to adult haematopoiesis. Nature, 446, 1056–1061.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
1. Hamdan,S.M., Loparo,J.J., Takahashi,M., Richardson,C.C. and van Oijen,A.M. (2009) Dynamics of DNA replication loops reveal temporal control of lagging-strand synthesis. Nature, 457, 336–339.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Schwedt,G. (2010) Zuckersüße Chemie Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany.
An edited book
1. Liverneaux,P.A., Berner,S.H., Bednar,M.S., Parekattil,S.J., Mantovani Ruggiero,G. and Selber,J.C. eds. (2013) Telemicrosurgery: Robot Assisted Microsurgery Springer, Paris.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Acchar,W. and Dultra,E.J.V. (2015) Coffee Industry in Brazil. In J. V. Dultra,E. (ed), Ceramic Materials from Coffee Bagasse Ash Waste, SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 23–30.

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 Nucleic Acids Research - Web Server Issue.

Blog post
1. Carpineti,A. (2015) Surprise Disk Of Young Stars Discovered Around Milky Way Center. IFLScience.


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
1. Government Accountability Office (1995) Cassini Mission: Estimated Launch Costs for NASA’s Mission to Saturn U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. Barnett,J. (2017) Understanding gender differences in teachers’ level of insight as it relates to ADHD.

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
1. Stewart,J.B. (2016) How to Mend the Tax Code to Close Trump’s Loopholes. New York Times.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (1).
This sentence cites two references (1, 2).
This sentence cites four references (1–4).

About the journal

Full journal titleNucleic Acids Research - Web Server Issue
AbbreviationNucleic Acids Res.
ISSN (print)0305-1048
ISSN (online)1362-4962

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