How to format your references using the NursingPlus Open citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for NursingPlus Open. 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
Delude, C. M. (2015). Deep phenotyping: The details of disease. Nature, 527(7576), S14-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kaser, A., & Blumberg, R. S. (2014). Cell biology: Stressful genetics in Crohn’s disease. Nature, 506(7489), 441–442.
A journal article with 3 authors
Merritt, J. M., Bondybey, V. E., & Heaven, M. C. (2009). Beryllium dimer--caught in the act of bonding. Science (New York, N.Y.), 324(5934), 1548–1551.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Nakayama, Y., Moriya, T., Sakai, F., Ikeda, N., Shiozaki, T., Hosoya, T., Nakagawa, H., & Miyazaki, T. (2014). Oral administration of Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 is effective for preventing influenza in mice. Scientific Reports, 4, 4638.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dao, T. T., & Ho Ba Tho, M.-C. (2014). Biomechanics of the Musculoskeletal System. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Small, C. G. (Ed.). (2007). Functional Equations and How to Solve Them. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Villahoz, J. J. L., del Olmo Martínez, R., & Arauzo, A. A. (2010). Combinatorial Auctions for Coordination and Control of Manufacturing MAS: Updating Prices Methods. In E. Corchado, P. Novais, C. Analide, & J. Sedano (Eds.), Soft Computing Models in Industrial and Environmental Applications, 5th International Workshop (SOCO 2010) (pp. 27–30). Springer.

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 NursingPlus Open.

Blog post
Andrews, R. (2015, November 6). Bobby Pin Found Piercing Child’s Kidney. IFLScience; 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
Government Accountability Office. (1996). Telecommunications: Initiatives Taken by Three States to Promote Increased Access and Investment (RCED-96-68). 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
Holloway, L. R. (2013). Synthesis and investigation of novel dinitrosyl-Iron complexes of chelated Bis-phosphine ligands: Potential nitric oxide delivery compounds [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Brantley, B. (2017, August 17). Listening to van Gogh. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Delude, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Delude, 2015; Kaser & Blumberg, 2014).

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

  • Two authors: (Kaser & Blumberg, 2014)
  • Three authors: (Merritt et al., 2009)
  • 6 or more authors: (Nakayama et al., 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleNursingPlus Open
AbbreviationNursingPlus Open
ISSN (print)2352-9008

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