How to format your references using the Applied Composite Materials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Applied Composite Materials. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Ward, M.D.: Materials science. Snapshots of crystal growth. Science. 308, 1566–1567 (2005)
A journal article with 2 authors
Colburn, K.A., Johnson, P.R.S.: Public health. Air pollution concerns not changed by S-PLUS flaw. Science. 299, 665–666 (2003)
A journal article with 3 authors
Shanavas, K.V., Parker, D., Singh, D.J.: Theoretical study on the role of dynamics on the unusual magnetic properties in MnBi. Sci. Rep. 4, 7222 (2014)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hatziioannou, T., Princiotta, M., Piatak, M., Jr, Yuan, F., Zhang, F., Lifson, J.D., Bieniasz, P.D.: Generation of simian-tropic HIV-1 by restriction factor evasion. Science. 314, 95 (2006)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mazer, A.: Shifting the Earth. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2011)
An edited book
Asea, A.A.A., Brown, I.R. eds: Heat Shock Proteins and the Brain: Implications for Neurodegenerative Diseases and Neuroprotection. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2008)
A chapter in an edited book
Fox, R.I., Fox, C.M.: Providing Information to Referring Physicians and Patients. In: Fox, R.I. and Fox, C.M. (eds.) Sjögren’s Syndrome: Practical Guidelines to Diagnosis and Therapy. pp. 35–56. Springer, New York, NY (2012)

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 Applied Composite Materials.


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: Guaranteed Student Loans: Lenders’ Interest Billings Often Result in Overpayments. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (1988)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Fengler, K.: Everyday Aesthetics and the Environmental Significance of Everyday Aesthetics: A High School Art Unit of Instruction Promoting Positive Attitudinal Changes towards the Environment, (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
Feeney, K.: Kielbasa Kingdom, (2010)

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 titleApplied Composite Materials
AbbreviationAppl. Compos. Mater.
ISSN (print)0929-189X
ISSN (online)1573-4897
ScopeCeramics and Composites

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