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Citation format NATURE

Oct 18, 2010 at 5:22 PM


I use the NATURE Stylesheet in Word2008 (Mac). What I dislike is that citations (shown as numbers) in the text are written in bold. For a comment how to change the format in the stylesheet I would be very thankful.


Oct 18, 2010 at 6:22 PM

The stylesheet does not put the in-text citations in bold. However, there seems to be a 'feature' in Word where the in-text citations inherit the style of the Heading 2 character style. So if that style uses bold, the in-text citations will probably end up in bold as well. 

The solution which should work on all systems (even those not supporting macros) is breaking the link between the paragraph and character style by linking a different character style to the paragraph style. That way, you would be able to keep the heading 2 formatting separate from the citations. However, as far as I know, this is not possible through the Word interface (but I could be mistaken). It can be done by directly changing the link in the underlying xml, but that is cumbersome an can only be done by specialists.

In the Windows versions of Word, you can apply direct formatting using a macro to get around the issue. The macro at works for superscript, but you can easily adapt it for removing any bold formatting. I'm guessing you could do it manually as well on a Mac version. It's a bit of work, but it should be doable.

As to why the link between the heading 2 character style and in-text citations exist in the first place, nobody at Microsoft could ever answer me.