I'm writing a manuscript to submit to this journal, and I'm using bibtex. Problem is: I can't find any bibliography style files that comply to the demands of the journal. Does anyone know if there's a format for that?

The format requires (for articles being cited):

  • Last-name-first authors, with abbreviated first names: Dylan, B. & Doe, J.
  • Full title, only first word capitalized, no italic, ending with a full stop: This is a title.
  • Name of the journal in italics: Nature
  • Volume number (and comma) in bold: 323,
  • Followed by page and (in curved brakets) year.

So it would end up like this
Dylan, B. & Doe, J. This is a title. Nature 323, 89-92 (1999)

Does anyone know of a bibstyle that complies to these rules?

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    Good luck with the submission. Nature isn't what I call a Tex-friendly journal: their copy-editing phase happens in Word. Dec 29, 2010 at 14:09
  • I am searching Full Latex template of Nature Publishing group..anyone please help me
    – user4108
    Mar 10, 2011 at 7:04
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    @Syed Bahauddin Alam: Nature does not have one. They accept Latex submissions but do not encourage them, and they convert Latex to Word for editing. Mar 10, 2011 at 8:54
  • You can remove URLs by deleting 'doi' from the naturemag-doi.bst file...
    – OsNat
    Mar 26, 2020 at 9:42

3 Answers 3


For the traditional BibTeX approach, there is the naturemag style, part of the nature package. Just use:


If you want to use biblatex, then I have written a style (hopefully) doing the right thing there: biblatex-nature.

  • Thanks, I knew there had to be one. The naturemag worked great. The only problem is that it shows URLs. But I'll just remove them manually.
    – Malabarba
    Dec 28, 2010 at 18:38
  • Is the same package usable for a Nature Methods manuscript? Thanks Jan 30, 2015 at 23:52
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    @DavideChicco.it Their instructions are vague about requirements for the manuscript. I'd ask the editorial office what formats they'll accept.
    – Joseph Wright
    Jan 31, 2015 at 9:32
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    This package doesn't really seem to be very robust. For example, a Phys. Rev. Lett. citation usually includes a volume and a number. The naturemag package ignores the number at the end. This also happens with Phys. Rev. B. and J. Amer. Ceram. Soc. citations.
    – John M
    Sep 18, 2016 at 2:00
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    What I mean is \bibliographystyle{naturemag} does not acknowledge issue numbers, eid numbers, or "number" in (for example) a PRL or Phys Rev B type paper. Phys. Rev. Applied 4, 014001 <---- You have to trick it and call it a "page" in the .bib file.
    – John M
    Sep 27, 2016 at 17:57

If you're using Overleaf, you can use Nature-style referencing by putting the following in your preamble


You can see a list of all the available Overleaf biblatex styles here.

(I know the question specifies bibtex, but it is also tagged with biblatex)


The suggested methods didn't work for me to compile locally, but the following one worked for me using local tex compiler:


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