How to format your references using the Resources citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Resources. 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
Caruana, C. An Eastern Promise of Regeneration. Nature 2005, 435, 998–999.
A journal article with 2 authors
Felsenfeld, G.; Groudine, M. Controlling the Double Helix. Nature 2003, 421, 448–453.
A journal article with 3 authors
Deleault, N.R.; Lucassen, R.W.; Supattapone, S. RNA Molecules Stimulate Prion Protein Conversion. Nature 2003, 425, 717–720.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhang, F.; Wang, M.; Liang, C.; Jiang, H.; Shen, J.; Li, H. Thin-Layer Polymer Wrapped Enzymes Encapsulated in Hierarchically Mesoporous Silica with High Activity and Enhanced Stability. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 4421.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gable, J.; Herrmann, T. Counselling Skills for Dietitians; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2016; ISBN 9781119173953.
An edited book
Integrated Pest Management: Experiences with Implementation, Global Overview, Vol.4; Peshin, R., Pimentel, D., Eds.; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2014; ISBN 9789400778016.
A chapter in an edited book
Moskos, P. Observations on the Making of a Police Officer. In Envisioning Criminology: Researchers on Research as a Process of Discovery; Maltz, M.D., Rice, S.K., Eds.; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2015; pp. 33–41 ISBN 9783319158679.

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 Resources.

Blog post
Luntz, S. Sensing Gravity With Acid (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 NASA Should Provide the Congress Complete Cost Information on the Space Telescope Program; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1980;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Williams, K. From Cribs to Crayons: A Study on the Use of Universal Curriculum and Assessment of Preschool Students and Teachers in the Classroom. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana: Lafayette, LA, 2016.

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
Kelly, K. Meeting Aims to Ease U.S.-China Tensions. New York Times 2017, B1.

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 titleResources
ISSN (online)2079-9276

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