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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

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

\bibliographystyle{naturemag}

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

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

\usepackage[backend=biber,style=nature]{biblatex}
\addbibresource{references.bib} 

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)

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  • The code you wrote needs to be written in the preamble (i.e. before \begin{document}). However, inside the document, you also need to add \printbibliography, otherwise it does not work.
    – Ommo
    Mar 25 at 15:15
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The suggested methods didn't work for me to compile locally, but the following one worked for me using local tex compiler:

\usepackage[backend=bibtex,style=nature]{biblatex}
\addbibresource{references.bib} 
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  • This is exactly the solution proposed by Michael Hall.
    – MERose
    Dec 29, 2023 at 14:48

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