If admins allow me I would like to put a link, https://www.nature.com/nnano/journal/v11/n9/full/nnano.2016.180.html as a example, I dont know how to cite it since this is not really paper and it is not signed by any author. Also I took a lot of from it. Can I say: According to NN editorial?and than put quotation mark? is it same as citing a book?

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    I think your question is basically "How do I cite a work with no author?".
    – Sverre
    May 20, 2017 at 13:24
  • authors are editors? @Sverre
    – SSimon
    May 20, 2017 at 14:21

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Since you did not specify the citation style, I chose APA at citethisforme.com, selected journal article and entered the DOI. This is the result:

In-text: ("A matter of scale", 2016)

Bibliography: A matter of scale. (2016). Nature Nanotechnology, 11(9), 733-733. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nnano.2016.180

Even so it is an Editorial and has no author, it is still sort of a journal article since it is published in a journal with volume and issue and has a DOI. Therefore, I'd suggest this solution.

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    There are thousands of citation styles. Do you know all of them? I don't. But in general: If you cannot identify an author as in your case, how should you name one? If there was an author, the author would occur at least in the bibliography in most citation styles. But this doesn't apply to your initial question. May 23, 2017 at 5:46

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