How to format your references using the Rendiconti Lincei citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Rendiconti Lincei. 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
Schrag DP (2007) Preparing to capture carbon. Science 315:812–813
A journal article with 2 authors
McMichael AJ, Jones EY (2010) Genetics. First-class control of HIV-1. Science 330:1488–1490
A journal article with 3 authors
Bowman GD, O’Donnell M, Kuriyan J (2004) Structural analysis of a eukaryotic sliding DNA clamp-clamp loader complex. Nature 429:724–730
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Park JY, Ogletree DF, Salmeron M, et al (2005) High frictional anisotropy of periodic and aperiodic directions on a quasicrystal surface. Science 309:1354–1356

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
McDonald AG, Magande HL (2012) Introduction to Thermo-Fluids Systems Design. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Grable JE, Archuleta KL, Nazarinia Roy RR (eds) (2011) Financial Planning and Counseling Scales. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Urban C, Berghofer S, Norrish M (2007) Barendregt’s Variable Convention in Rule Inductions. In: Pfenning F (ed) Automated Deduction – CADE-21: 21st International Conference on Automated Deduction Bremen, Germany, July 17-20, 2007 Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 35–50

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 Rendiconti Lincei.

Blog post
Luntz S (2014) Why Banning Flights From Ebola-Infected Areas Is A Terrible Idea. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1996) NASA Infrastructure: Challenges to Achieving Reductions and Efficiencies. 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
Bigelow RW (2017) Perception of Online Legal Education among Recently Retired Law School Faculty. Doctoral dissertation, Capella 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
(nyt) SK (2002) World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Novelist Faces Pornography Charge. New York Times A8

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schrag 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Schrag 2007; McMichael and Jones 2010).

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

  • Two authors: (McMichael and Jones 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Park et al. 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleRendiconti Lincei
ISSN (print)2037-4631
ISSN (online)1720-0776
ScopeGeneral Agricultural and Biological Sciences
General Earth and Planetary Sciences
General Environmental Science

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