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
Herculano-Houzel, S. (2013). Neuroscience. Sleep it out. Science (New York, N.Y.), 342(6156), 316–317.
A journal article with 2 authors
Rutherford, A. W., & Boussac, A. (2004). Biochemistry. Water photolysis in biology. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303(5665), 1782–1784.
A journal article with 3 authors
Brooke, J., Rosenbaum, T. F., & Aeppli, G. (2001). Tunable quantum tunnelling of magnetic domain walls. Nature, 413(6856), 610–613.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Pei, Y., Wei, M.-Y., Cheng, B., Liu, Y., Xie, Z., Nguyen, K., & Yuan, B. (2014). High resolution imaging beyond the acoustic diffraction limit in deep tissue via ultrasound-switchable NIR fluorescence. Scientific Reports, 4, 4690.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Levin, R. (2011). Implementing the Wealth Management Index. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Tscharntke, T., Leuschner, C., Zeller, M., Guhardja, E., & Bidin, A. (Eds.). (2007). Stability of Tropical Rainforest Margins: Linking Ecological, Economic and Social Constraints of Land Use and Conservation. Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Anisimov, M. A. (2007). Coupled ordering in soft matter: competition of mesoscales and dynamics of coupled fluctuations. In S. J. Rzoska & V. A. Mazur (Eds.), Soft Matter under Exogenic Impacts (pp. 75–90). Springer Netherlands.

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
Davis, J. (2016, July 14). Researchers Attempt To Develop A Vaccine For Alzheimer’s Disease. 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. (2006). Wood Utilization: Federal Research and Product Development Activities, Support, and Technology Transfer (GAO-06-624). 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
Haug, J. J. (2010). A summer literacy intervention for struggling readers at the middle school level using strategies in comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and positive school climate to improve reading comprehension: An evaluation study [Doctoral dissertation]. Lindenwood 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
Wagner, J. (2016, December 8). After Striking Out, Nationals Swing a Trade. New York Times, B12.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Herculano-Houzel, 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Herculano-Houzel, 2013; Rutherford & Boussac, 2004).

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

  • Two authors: (Rutherford & Boussac, 2004)
  • Three authors: (Brooke et al., 2001)
  • 6 or more authors: (Pei 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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