How to format your references using the Religions citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Religions. 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
Landolt, H.P. CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS. Caffeine, the Circadian Clock, and Sleep. Science 2015, 349, 1289.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wulf, W.A.; Jones, A.K. Computer Science. Reflections on Cybersecurity. Science 2009, 326, 943–944.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yartsev, M.M.; Witter, M.P.; Ulanovsky, N. Grid Cells without Theta Oscillations in the Entorhinal Cortex of Bats. Nature 2011, 479, 103–107.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Gasperini, D.; Blichert-Toft, J.; Bosch, D.; Del Moro, A.; Macera, P.; Télouk, P.; Albarède, F. Evidence from Sardinian Basalt Geochemistry for Recycling of Plume Heads into the Earth’s Mantle. Nature 2000, 408, 701–704.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Grinyer, A. Palliative and End of Life Care for Children and Young People; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: West Sussex, UK, 2012; ISBN 9781118702918.
An edited book
Restoring Lands - Coordinating Science, Politics and Action: Complexities of Climate and Governance; Karl, H.A., Scarlett, L., Vargas-Moreno, J.C., Flaxman, M., Eds.; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2012; ISBN 9789400725485.
A chapter in an edited book
Schneider, J.K. Ultrasonic Fingerprint Sensors. In Advances in Biometrics: Sensors, Algorithms and Systems; Ratha, N.K., Govindaraju, V., Eds.; Springer: London, 2008; pp. 63–74 ISBN 9781846289200.

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 Religions.

Blog post
Fang, J. Stinky, Parasitic Cuckoos Protect Host Chicks Available online: (accessed on 30 October 2018).


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 Graduate Medical Education: Trends in Training and Student Debt; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2009;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Tu, K.-H. Structural and Functional Analysis of Apolipoprotein E3/E4 Hybrid. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2017.

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
Perlstein, L. The Transformer. New York Times 2008, BR19.

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 titleReligions
AbbreviationReligions (Basel)
ISSN (online)2077-1444

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