What is Nature Referencing?

Nature referencing is a system used to show where an author’s work has contributed to a new research paper. There are many referencing styles out there, but Nature references are standardised for research submitted to articles and publications by Nature Publishing Group.

Nature format is comprised of two parts: the in-text citation and the full reference at the end of the paper. The in-text citation is presented simply as a number and correlates to the full reference in the reference list. This system allows the reader to see where another author’s work has contributed to the paper and then find more information about the source.

How to Nature reference

Nature references are made up of a citation and a full reference. A Nature citation is a number that is shown at the particular point within the text where the source has contributed. The numbers should be sequential from the start to the end of the paper, starting with 1.

A full Nature reference should be found in a reference list or bibliography at the end of the research paper and include all the information needed to find the exact source of the information, theory or finding that has contributed. The full references are also numbered sequentially to help the reader to easily find the correct source information.

The format of a Nature reference changes depending on the source type. For example, a book should be referenced differently to a website or journal article.

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Nature reference example

In-text example:

The sky is blue1.

Bibliography example:

1. Cottrell, S. The study skills handbook. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).