Nature Referencing Guide
(updated Sep 2022)

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How to do citations in Nature style?

This is the Citationsy guide to Nature citations, reference lists, in-text citations, and bibliographies.
The complete, comprehensive guide shows you how easy citing any source can be. Referencing books, youtube videos, websites, articles, journals, podcasts, images, videos, or music in Nature.

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How do you cite a book in the Nature referencing style? (2022 Guide)

Are you writing a research paper and want to include the works you found in a book? Here’s a simple guide to do it in Nature:

Here’s an example book citation in Nature using placeholders:
Last Name, F. N. Title. (Publisher, 2000).
So if we want to cite, for example, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou we’d do so like this:
Nature citation:
Angelou, M. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. (Random House, 1969).
And an in-text citation book citation in Nature looks like this: 1

How to reference a journal article in the Nature citation style?

How do you cite scientific papers in Nature format?

Citing a research paper or journal article in Nature is pretty straightforward. Here’s how

Here’s a Nature journal citation example using placeholders:
Author1 LastnameA. F. & Author3 LastnameA. F. Title. Container Volume, pages Used (2000).
So if we want to reference this scientific article: “Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?” by C. Petit and J.M. Sieffermann in Nature:
Petit, C. & Sieffermann, J. Testing consumer preferences for iced-coffee: Does the drinking environment have any influence?. 18, 161-172 (2007).
And an in-text citation would look like this: 1

How to cite a website in a paper in Nature style?

You probably find a lot of useful information on websites while browsing the web. Here’s a simple guide on how to cite any website in Nature

Here’s an Nature example website reference:
Author1 LastnameA. F. & Author2 LastnameA. F. Title. (2000).
To reference the article located at this link:
on The Guardian website:
Tran, M. Barack Obama To Be America’s First Black President. (2008).
And an in-text citation would look like this: 1

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How to cite a YouTube video Nature in 2022

If you’ve previously cited a video from a website in Nature, then the process for citing a video from YouTube is basically the same. Here’s how to do it

Here’s a Nature citation YouTube video example:
ChannelName. Title. YouTube (2000).
So how to cite a video Nature?
Pixar. Pizza Clip — Inside Out. YouTube (2015).
And an in-text video citation would look like this: 1

How to cite a podcast using Nature referencing style

Citing a podcast in Nature is pretty straight forward. Here’s how you can do it

It is becoming more and more common to reference podcasts in essays or other school work.
Here’s how to reference a podcast it in Nature.
Lastname, F. Title. (2000).
Podcast referencing example in Nature using “This American Life” episode 640:
This American Life. 640: Five Women. (2018).
And an in-text citation would look like this: 1

How to cite a piece of music or a song using Nature referencing style?

Would you like to cite more songs in your essays and have no idea how to do it? No matter if you want to cite a record, lyrics to a song, or a whole song, here’s how to easily do it in Nature

An example song citation in Nature.
Lastname, F. Song Title. Album (2000).
Let‘s say we want to reference “Here Comes the Sun” off The Beatles “Abbey Road” album in Nature:
The Beatles. Here Comes the Sun. Abbey Road (1969).
And an in-text citation would look like this: 1

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