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
Livio, M.: Physics: Why symmetry matters. Nature. 490, 472–473 (2012)
A journal article with 2 authors
He, X.-L., Garcia, K.C.: Structure of nerve growth factor complexed with the shared neurotrophin receptor p75. Science. 304, 870–875 (2004)
A journal article with 3 authors
Duckworth, R.A., Belloni, V., Anderson, S.R.: Evolutionary ecology. Cycles of species replacement emerge from locally induced maternal effects on offspring behavior in a passerine bird. Science. 347, 875–877 (2015)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Montzka, S.A., Dutton, G.S., Yu, P., Ray, E., Portmann, R.W., Daniel, J.S., Kuijpers, L., Hall, B.D., Mondeel, D., Siso, C., Nance, J.D., Rigby, M., Manning, A.J., Hu, L., Moore, F., Miller, B.R., Elkins, J.W.: An unexpected and persistent increase in global emissions of ozone-depleting CFC-11. Nature. 557, 413–417 (2018)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Weinstein, S.: The Complete Guide to Fundraising Management. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2009)
An edited book
Gilbert, D., Heiner, M. eds: Computational Methods in Systems Biology: 10th International Conference, CMSB 2012, London, UK, October 3-5, 2012. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2012)
A chapter in an edited book
Sarma, B., Sarma, A.K.: Optimal Allocation of Ecological Management Practices in a Hilly Urban Watershed. In: Sarma, A.K., Singh, V.P., Kartha, S.A., and Bhattacharjya, R.K. (eds.) Urban Hydrology, Watershed Management and Socio-Economic Aspects. pp. 35–47. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2016)

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.

Blog post
Andrew, E.: Scientists Observe Radioactive Decay In Action For First Time,


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: Information Technology: Leadership Remains Key to Agencies Making Progress on Enterprise Architecture Efforts. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2003)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kraynik, M.J.: Perceptions of U.S. Navy managers toward telecommuting as a management approach: A phenomenological study, (2009)

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
Rothenberg, B.: Officials Investigating Odd Betting Patterns During Early Match, (2016)

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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