How to format your references using the Advanced Functional Materials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advanced Functional Materials. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
H. H. Kampinga, Science 2014, 344, 1341.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. S. A. Karim, Q. A. Karim, Nature 2010, 463, 733.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. Madhu, V. Veeramani, S.-M. Chen, Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 4679.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L. Atkinson, C. J. Milligan, N. J. Buckley, J. Deuchars, Nature 2002, 420, 42.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. V. Rangarao, R. K. Mallik, Digital Signal Processing, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2006.
An edited book
J. J. Sarbo, Knowledge in Formation: A Computational Theory of Interpretation (Eds.: Farkas, J. I.; Breemen, A. J. J. van), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
K. O’brien, In Critical Storytelling in Uncritical Times: Stories Disclosed in a Cultural Foundations of Education Course (Eds.: Hartlep, N. D.; Hensley, B. O.), SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2015, pp. 27–35.

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 Advanced Functional Materials.

Blog post
T. Hale, This Eerie Footage Appears To Show The Earth BREATHING, IFLScience, 2015.


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, Weekend Settlement: Potential Benefits, Costs, and Legal Issues, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. L. Fair, Structure of the Roberts Mountains allochthon in the Three Bar Ranch Quadrangle, Roberts Mountains, Eureka County, Nevada. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
M. J. O. Murphy, M. Thee-Brenan, Spot on Ballot Is No Cure-All, Women Say in Poll, 2016, p. A1.

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 titleAdvanced Functional Materials
AbbreviationAdv. Funct. Mater.
ISSN (print)1616-301X
ISSN (online)1616-3028
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Condensed Matter Physics
General Chemical Engineering

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