How to format your references using the Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica. For a complete guide how to prepare your manuscript refer to the journal's instructions to authors.

Using reference management software

Typically you don't format your citations and bibliography by hand. The easiest way is to use a reference manager:

PaperpileThe citation style is built in and you can choose it in Settings > Citation Style or Paperpile > Citation Style in Google Docs.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
Mendeley, Zotero, Papers, and othersThe style is either built in or you can download a CSL file that is supported by most references management programs.
BibTeXBibTeX syles are usually part of a LaTeX template. Check the instructions to authors if the publisher offers a LaTeX template for this journal.

Journal articles

Those examples are references to articles in scholarly journals and how they are supposed to appear in your bibliography.

Not all journals organize their published articles in volumes and issues, so these fields are optional. Some electronic journals do not provide a page range, but instead list an article identifier. In a case like this it's safe to use the article identifier instead of the page range.

A journal article with 1 author
T. Piran, Astronomy. Demotion looms for gamma-ray bursts, Science. 295 (2002) 986–987.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Corma, P. Serna, Chemoselective hydrogenation of nitro compounds with supported gold catalysts, Science. 313 (2006) 332–334.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Normark, C. Nilsson, B.H. Normark, Microbiology. A pathogen attacks while keeping up defense, Science. 307 (2005) 1211–1212.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.M. Golas, B. Sander, C.L. Will, R. Lührmann, H. Stark, Molecular architecture of the multiprotein splicing factor SF3b, Science. 300 (2003) 980–984.

Books and book chapters

Here are examples of references for authored and edited books as well as book chapters.

An authored book
S. Paczosa, C. Peruchini, Selling Professional and Financial Services Handbook, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
J. Zimmer, ed., Natural Killer Cells: At the Forefront of Modern Immunology, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Sujatha, K. Senthil Kumar, T. Godhavari, R.S. Ponmagal, N.P.G. Bhavani, An Effective Distributed Service Model for Image Based Combustion Quality Monitoring and Estimation in Power Station Boilers, in: H.A. Sulaiman, M.A. Othman, M.F.I. Othman, Y.A. Rahim, N.C. Pee (Eds.), Advanced Computer and Communication Engineering Technology: Proceedings of ICOCOE 2015, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 33–49.

Web sites

Sometimes references to web sites should appear directly in the text rather than in the bibliography. Refer to the Instructions to authors for Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica.

Blog post
E. Andrew, New Method Could Help Estimate Time of Death for a Ten-Day-Old Corpse, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 2018).


This example shows the general structure used for government reports, technical reports, and scientific reports. If you can't locate the report number then it might be better to cite the report as a book. For reports it is usually not individual people that are credited as authors, but a governmental department or agency like "U. S. Food and Drug Administration" or "National Cancer Institute".

Government report
Government Accountability Office, Social Security: Restoration of Telephone Access to Local SSA Offices, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
D.E. Milliken, Blood pressure measurement in the primary care provider setting: A project evaluating the blood pressure technique of nursing staff, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

News paper articles

Unlike scholarly journals, news papers do not usually have a volume and issue number. Instead, the full date and page number is required for a correct reference.

New York Times article
L. Greenhouse, Supreme Court Turns Down Detainees’ Habeas Corpus Case, New York Times. (2007) A18.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1,2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleActa Mechanica Solida Sinica
ISSN (print)0894-9166

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