How to format your references using the The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing. 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
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de Lange T. How telomeres solve the end-protection problem. Science. 2009;326(5955):948-952.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Barton RA, Harvey PH. Mosaic evolution of brain structure in mammals. Nature. 2000;405(6790):1055-1058.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Makovicky PJ, Apesteguía S, Agnolín FL. The earliest dromaeosaurid theropod from South America. Nature. 2005;437(7061):1007-1011.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
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Mandal S, El-Amin A, Alexander K, Rajendran B, Jha R. Novel synaptic memory device for neuromorphic computing. Sci Rep. 2014;4:5333.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Elias H-G. Macromolecules. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2009.
An edited book
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Amin Z, Tobis JM, Sievert H, Carroll JD, eds. Patent Foramen Ovale. London: Springer; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
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Canuto C, Tabacco A. Limits and continuity II. In: Tabacco A, ed. Mathematical Analysis I. UNITEXT. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015:89-121.

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 The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.

Blog post
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Luntz S. New Study Suggests The World Is On The Brink Of The Next Great Extinction. IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/new-study-suggests-world-brink-next-great-extinction/. Published May 31, 2014. Accessed October 30, 2018.

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
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Government Accountability Office. B-2 Costs. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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Breska J. Mentoring for juvenile gang members and at-risk youth: A grant proposal project. 2013.

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
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Gluck JP. Regretting My Animal Research. New York Times. September 2, 2016:SR7.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleThe Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing
AbbreviationJ. Contin. Educ. Nurs.
ISSN (print)0022-0124
ISSN (online)1938-2472
ScopeReview and Exam Preparation

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