How to format your references using the Advances in Colloid and Interface Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advances in Colloid and Interface Science. 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
Smaglik P. Recruiters and industry. Microsoft’s European perspective. Nature 2005;434:938.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cohen J, Stewart I. Where are the dolphins? Nature 2001;409:1119–22.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hulme M, O’Neill SJ, Dessai S. Climate change. Is weather event attribution necessary for adaptation funding? Science 2011;334:764–5.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Egas M, Kats R, van der Sar X, Reuben E, Sabelis MW. Human cooperation by lethal group competition. Sci Rep 2013;3:1373.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stegmann JP. Strategic Value Management. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2009.
An edited book
Yager RR, Kacprzyk J, Beliakov G, editors. Recent Developments in the Ordered Weighted Averaging Operators: Theory and Practice. vol. 265. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Stechert C, Franke H-J, Vietor T. Knowledge-Based Design Principles and Tools for Parallel Robots. In: Schütz D, Wahl FM, editors. Robotic Systems for Handling and Assembly, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011, p. 59–75.

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 Colloid and Interface Science.

Blog post
Andrew E. If The US Had Price On Carbon, Would Keystone XL Have Made Sense? IFLScience 2015. (accessed October 30, 2018).


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. Mass Transit Grants: If Properly Implemented, FTA Initiatives Should Improve Oversight. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Shrank SM. ShareOne: An iOS resource application for caseworkers: A grant proposal. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
Goldstein J, Schweber N. Chokehold Complaints Are Focus of City Study. New York Times 2014:A19.

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 titleAdvances in Colloid and Interface Science
AbbreviationAdv. Colloid Interface Sci.
ISSN (print)0001-8686
ScopeColloid and Surface Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Surfaces and Interfaces

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