How to format your references using the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section A: Physical Sciences citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section A: Physical Sciences. 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
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Lafferty KD (2010) Microbiology. Interacting parasites. Science 330:187–188
A journal article with 2 authors
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Ohlstein B, Spradling A (2006) The adult Drosophila posterior midgut is maintained by pluripotent stem cells. Nature 439:470–474
A journal article with 3 authors
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Altewischer E, van Exter MP, Woerdman JP (2002) Plasmon-assisted transmission of entangled photons. Nature 418:304–306
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Giorgi C, Ito K, Lin H-K, et al (2010) PML regulates apoptosis at endoplasmic reticulum by modulating calcium release. Science 330:1247–1251

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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Senez V, Thomy V, Dufour R (2014) Nanotechnologies for Synthetic Super Non-Wetting Surfaces. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Maeno T, Sawatani Y, Hara T (2016) Serviceology for Designing the Future: Selected and Edited Papers of the 2nd International Conference on Serviceology. Springer Japan, Tokyo
A chapter in an edited book
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Brown AW, Nathan SD (2013) Making a Confident Diagnosis of Obliterative Bronchiolitis. In: Meyer KC, Glanville AR (eds) Bronchiolitis Obliterans Syndrome in Lung Transplantation. Springer, New York, NY, pp 71–90

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 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section A: Physical Sciences.

Blog post
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Andrew D (2017) Aboriginal Australians Co-Existed With The Megafauna For At Least 17,000 Years. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/aboriginal-australians-coexisted-with-the-megafauna-for-at-least-17000-years/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

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 (1982) Education Authority To Charge Student Financial Aid Application Fees. 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
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Donihoo K (2017) Best Practices and Strategies Used by Church Leaders to Mitigate and Prevent Burnout Among Church Volunteers. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University

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
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Koblin J, Grynbaum MM, Maheshwari S (2017) NBC Woos Advertisers With Megyn Kelly, Its New Morning Anchor. New York Times B5

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titleProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, India Section A: Physical Sciences
AbbreviationProc. Nat. Acad. Sci. India Sect. A
ISSN (print)0369-8203
ISSN (online)2250-1762
ScopeGeneral Physics and Astronomy

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