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
Gladman, B. (2005). The Kuiper belt and the solar system’s comet disk. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5706), 71–75.
A journal article with 2 authors
Côté, I. M., & Reynolds, J. D. (2002). Conservation biology. Predictive ecology to the rescue? Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5596), 1181–1182.
A journal article with 3 authors
Zimmerman, A., Bai, L., & Ginty, D. D. (2014). The gentle touch receptors of mammalian skin. Science (New York, N.Y.), 346(6212), 950–954.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Lalmi, B., Girard, J. C., Pallecchi, E., Silly, M., David, C., Latil, S., Sirotti, F., & Ouerghi, A. (2014). Flower-shaped domains and wrinkles in trilayer epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide. Scientific Reports, 4, 4066.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Köhler, M. (2005). Nanotechnologie. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
An edited book
Fanti, S. (2011). Atlas of SPECT-CT (M. Farsad & L. Mansi, Eds.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Nabity, J., Compbell, L. A., Zhu, M., & Zhou, W. (2006). E-beam Nanolithography Integrated with Scanning Electron Microscope. In W. Zhou & Z. L. Wang (Eds.), Scanning Microscopy for Nanotechnology: Techniques and Applications (pp. 120–151). Springer.

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, E. (2015, July 7). In a Water-Scarce West of the Future, Who Will be Hit Hardest? 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. (1969). Administration and Control of Procurement and Utilization of Automatic Data Processing (089444). 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
Narita, D. (2008). Carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) and climate change mitigation: An analysis of economic optimality and policy making [Doctoral dissertation]. Columbia University.

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
Brantley, B. (2017, September 23). Hear a Song, Pick a Side. New York Times, C1.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gladman, 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Côté & Reynolds, 2002; Gladman, 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Côté & Reynolds, 2002)
  • Three authors: (Zimmerman et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (Lalmi et al., 2014)

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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