How to format your references using the Advances in Building Energy Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advances in Building Energy Research. 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
Bull, J. J. (2015). Evolution: Reptile sex determination goes wild. Nature, 523(7558), 43–44.
A journal article with 2 authors
Wang, Y., & Dohlman, H. G. (2004). Pheromone signaling mechanisms in yeast: a prototypical sex machine. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5701), 1508–1509.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kotera, E., Tasaka, M., & Shikanai, T. (2005). A pentatricopeptide repeat protein is essential for RNA editing in chloroplasts. Nature, 433(7023), 326–330.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Egan, K. M., Lawson, J. A., Fries, S., Koller, B., Rader, D. J., Smyth, E. M., & Fitzgerald, G. A. (2004). COX-2-derived prostacyclin confers atheroprotection on female mice. Science (New York, N.Y.), 306(5703), 1954–1957.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Jones, R. B. (2011). 20% Chance of Rain. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Wyrzykowski, R., Dongarra, J., Karczewski, K., & Waśniewski, J. (Eds.). (2014). Parallel Processing and Applied Mathematics: 10th International Conference, PPAM 2013, Warsaw, Poland, September 8-11, 2013, Revised Selected Papers, Part II (Vol. 8385). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Adams, J. M., Wolfe, J. W., & Ehrenfeld, J. M. (2016). Pharmacology of Intravenous Anesthetic Agents. In J. M. Ehrenfeld, R. D. Urman, & S. Segal (Eds.), Anesthesia Student Survival Guide: A Case-Based Approach (pp. 41–56). Springer International Publishing.

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 Advances in Building Energy Research.

Blog post
Andrew, D. (2015, July 24). Turkish Lake Has Turned Blood Red. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1989). Air Traffic Control: FAA Needs to Implement an Effective Testing Program (IMTEC-89-62). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
O’Connor, C. S. (2015). Measurement of Dispersion and Attenuation in Granular Media using a Filter-Correlation Method [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Louisiana.

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
Greenhouse, L. (2007, March 27). Justices Agree to Revisit Child Pornography Laws. New York Times, A15.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Bull, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Bull, 2015; Wang & Dohlman, 2004).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Wang & Dohlman, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Kotera et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Egan et al., 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleAdvances in Building Energy Research
AbbreviationAdv. Build. Energy Res.
ISSN (print)1751-2549
ISSN (online)1756-2201
ScopeBuilding and Construction

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