How to format your references using the Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy. 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
A.L. Haag, Algae bloom again, Nature. 447 (2007) 520–521.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.M. Ottino, S. Wiggins, Applied physics. Designing optimal micromixers, Science. 305 (2004) 485–486.
A journal article with 3 authors
T.-H. Lee, S. Bhunia, M. Mehregany, Electromechanical computing at 500 degrees C with silicon carbide, Science. 329 (2010) 1316–1318.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Singhal, G. Arora, A. Sajid, A. Maji, A. Bhat, R. Virmani, S. Upadhyay, V.K. Nandicoori, S. Sengupta, Y. Singh, Regulation of homocysteine metabolism by Mycobacterium tuberculosis S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2264.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Heywood, Engineering Education, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
P. Rawal, Develop on Yammer: Social Integration for Modern Business Applications, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
P. Isaias, T. Issa, Usability Evaluation Models, in: T. Issa (Ed.), High Level Models and Methodologies for Information Systems, Springer, New York, NY, 2015: pp. 83–89.

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 Progress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.

Blog post
J. Fang, How Neanderthal DNA Affects Your Genome, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Federal Research: Policies Guiding the Dissemination of Scientific Research from Selected Agencies Should Be Clarified and Better Communicated, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.C. DeClerk, The relationship between retail store manager leadership styles and employee generational cohort, performance, and satisfaction, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2008.

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
B. Rothenberg, Defending Champion Kerber Is Ousted, New York Times. (2017) B11.

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 titleProgress in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
AbbreviationProg. Nucl. Magn. Reson. Spectrosc.
ISSN (print)0079-6565
Analytical Chemistry
Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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