How to format your references using the Regulatory Peptides citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Regulatory Peptides. 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
[1]
Gregory R. Reversing Rorschach. Nature 2000;404:19.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Venitt S, Phillips DH. Philip D. Lawley (1927-2011). Nature 2012;482:36.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Chen I, Christie PJ, Dubnau D. The ins and outs of DNA transfer in bacteria. Science 2005;310:1456–60.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Russell AG, Charette JM, Spencer DF, Gray MW. An early evolutionary origin for the minor spliceosome. Nature 2006;443:863–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Stocker AA. Analog VLSI Circuits for the Perception of Visual Motion. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2006.
An edited book
[1]
Stiefel F, editor. Communication in Cancer Care. vol. 168. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
McGee RW, Yoon Y. Enhancing Efficiency of Government Budget and Fiscal Policy: Some Advice for Transition and Developing Economies. In: McGee RW, editor. Taxation and Public Finance in Transition and Developing Economies, Boston, MA: Springer US; 2008, p. 39–53.

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 Regulatory Peptides.

Blog post
[1]
Andrew E. Near Earth And Far Away, It’s Been An Exciting Year In Space. IFLScience 2015.

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Air Force Aircraft: Consolidating Fighter Squadrons Could Reduce Costs. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
El-Amine Z. Waking Up in Beirut. Doctoral dissertation. University of Maryland, College Park, 2010.

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]
ROBERT KELLY; Robert Kelly is a poet who teaches literature, writing at Bard College. “I’D RATHER BE A GREAT BAD POET.” New York Times 1990:77.

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 titleRegulatory Peptides
AbbreviationRegul. Pept.
ISSN (print)0167-0115
ScopeBiochemistry
Clinical Biochemistry
Endocrinology
Physiology
Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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