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Science Magazine Citation Guide

Journal Articles

Your citation should start with the author. Use initials for the first and middle names, separated by a space. If there are multiple authors, join them with commas; do not use "and."

List the title of the article after the author, and follow with a period. Capitalize the first word and proper nouns only.

The title of the journal should be listed in italics following the title of the article. Abbreviate the journal title whenever possible. After this, include the volume number in boldface. If there is no volume number, use the publication year.

For most journals, you will list the page numbers of the article. If the article is online only and does not have page numbers, use the article number or citation number.

End your citation with the year in parentheses and a period following. Do not use “ibid.” or ”op. cit.”

Examples:

1. N. Tang, On the equilibrium partial pressures of nitric acid and ammonia in the atmosphere. Atmos. Environ. 14, 819-834 (1980).

2. W. R. Harvey, S. Nedergaard, Sodium-independent active transport of potassium in the isolated midgut of the Cecropia silkworm. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 51, 731-735 (1964).

3. N. H. Sleep, Stagnant lid convection and carbonate metasomatism of the deep continental lithosphere. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst10, Q11010 (2009).

Reports

Your citation should start with the author. Use initials for the first and middle names, separated by a space. If there are multiple authors, join them with commas; do not use "and."

List the title of the article in quotation marks. Capitalize the first word and proper nouns only.

After the title, provide the report number (if available), publisher name, and year in parentheses. If the easiest way to access the work is by providing a URL, list it after the publication year.

Examples:

1. G. B. Shaw, “Practical uses of litmus paper in Möbius strips” (Tech. Rep. CUCS-29-82, Columbia Univ., 1982).

2. F. Press, “A report on the computational needs for physics” (National Science Foundation, 1981).

3. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA), “White Paper on Bt plant-pesticide resistance management” (Publication 739-S-98-001, EPA, 1998; www.epa.gov/pesticides/biopesticides/white_bt.pdf).