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
Smol, J. P. (2012). Climate Change: A planet in flux. Nature, 483(7387), S12-5.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yethiraj, A., & van Blaaderen, A. (2003). A colloidal model system with an interaction tunable from hard sphere to soft and dipolar. Nature, 421(6922), 513–517.
A journal article with 3 authors
Coussens, L. M., Zitvogel, L., & Palucka, A. K. (2013). Neutralizing tumor-promoting chronic inflammation: a magic bullet? Science (New York, N.Y.), 339(6117), 286–291.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Forcet, C., Stein, E., Pays, L., Corset, V., Llambi, F., Tessier-Lavigne, M., & Mehlen, P. (2002). Netrin-1-mediated axon outgrowth requires deleted in colorectal cancer-dependent MAPK activation. Nature, 417(6887), 443–447.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Hines, M. (2015). Marketing implant dentistry. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Orlandini, D. (2007). Manuale di accreditamento delle strutture diabetologiche (G. D. Bigontina, Ed.; Terza edizione). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Quarteroni, A., Saleri, F., & Gervasio, P. (2010). Linear systems. In F. Saleri & P. Gervasio (Eds.), Scientific Computing with MATLAB and Octave (pp. 129–179). 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
Andrews, R. (2017, January 26). Doomsday Clock Moves 30 Seconds Closer To Midnight. 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. (2003). DOD Business Systems Modernization: Longstanding Management and Oversight Weaknesses Continue to Put Investments at Risk (GAO-03-553T). 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
Nguyen, C. (2010). A psychoeducational support group for Vietnamese American family caregivers of stroke survivors: Grant writing thesis proposal [Doctoral dissertation]. California State University, Long Beach.

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
Strauss, B. (2016, September 30). In Baltimore, This Song Is Their Song. New York Times, D3.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smol, 2012).
This sentence cites two references (Smol, 2012; Yethiraj & van Blaaderen, 2003).

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

  • Two authors: (Yethiraj & van Blaaderen, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Coussens et al., 2013)
  • 6 or more authors: (Forcet et al., 2002)

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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