How to format your references using the Nucleus citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nucleus. 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
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Trivedi B. The primate connection. Nature 2010; 466:S5.
A journal article with 2 authors
1.
Knobel RG, Cleland AN. Nanometre-scale displacement sensing using a single electron transistor. Nature 2003; 424:291–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
1.
Lin X, Fauqué B, Behnia K. SOLID-STATE PHYSICS. Scalable T2 resistivity in a small single-component Fermi surface. Science 2015; 349:945–8.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
1.
Tang C, Louis JM, Aniana A, Suh J-Y, Clore GM. Visualizing transient events in amino-terminal autoprocessing of HIV-1 protease. Nature 2008; 455:693–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Burkinshaw SM. Physico-chemical Aspects of Textile Coloration. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2016.
An edited book
1.
Gavrilova ML, Tan CJK, editors. Transactions on Computational Science XIII. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
1.
Carter J, Chermak S. Evidence-Based Intelligence Practices: Examining the Role of Fusion Centers as a Critical Source of Information. In: Lum C, Kennedy LW, editors. Evidence-Based Counterterrorism Policy. New York, NY: Springer; 2012. page 65–88.

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 Nucleus.

Blog post
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Andrew E. If The US Had Price On Carbon, Would Keystone XL Have Made Sense? [Internet]. IFLScience2015 [cited 2018 Oct 30]; Available from: https://www.iflscience.com/environment/if-us-had-price-carbon-would-keystone-xl-have-made-sense/

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Avoiding Major Disruptions Will Require Strong Leadership and Effective Partnerships. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1.
van der Veen AM. Domestic Politics, International Inaction: The United States and Human Rights Treaties. 2012;

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.
Vecsey G. A Script, or Woods’s Road to Recovery? New York Times2010; :B18.

In-text citations

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

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 titleNucleus
AbbreviationNucleus
ISSN (print)1949-1034
ISSN (online)1949-1042
ScopeCell Biology

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