How to format your references using the Archive of Applied Mechanics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Archive of Applied Mechanics. 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
Davis, M.M.: Immunology. Flexibility for specificity. Science. 347, 371–372 (2015)
A journal article with 2 authors
Ware, D.M., Thomson, R.E.: Bottom-up ecosystem trophic dynamics determine fish production in the Northeast Pacific. Science. 308, 1280–1284 (2005)
A journal article with 3 authors
Sun, A., Lauher, J.W., Goroff, N.S.: Preparation of poly(diiododiacetylene), an ordered conjugated polymer of carbon and iodine. Science. 312, 1030–1034 (2006)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Quayle, W.C., Peck, L.S., Peat, H., Ellis-Evans, J.C., Harrigan, P.R.: Extreme responses to climate change in Antarctic lakes. Science. 295, 645 (2002)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mazze, R.S., Strock, E.S., Bergenstal, R.M., Criego, A., Cuddihy, R., Langer, O., Simonson, G.D., Powers, M.A.: Staged Diabetes Management. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK (2011)
An edited book
Urbano, F., Cagnacci, F. eds: Spatial Database for GPS Wildlife Tracking Data: A Practical Guide to Creating a Data Management System with PostgreSQL/PostGIS and R. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Pullerits, T., Polivka, T., Sundström, V.: Photosynthetic Light-Harvesting. In: Braun, M., Gilch, P., and Zinth, W. (eds.) Ultrashort Laser Pulses in Biology and Medicine. pp. 95–115. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2008)

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 Archive of Applied Mechanics.

Blog post
Luntz, S.: Americans Lack Confidence In Science On Politicized Topics,


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: Census Bureau Needs to Improve Its Risk Management of Decennial Systems. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2007)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Hakes, C.J.: Off -campus work and its relationship to students’ experiences with faculty using the College Student Experiences Questionnaire, (2010)

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
Paulson, M.: The Flea Makes a Big Move in TriBeCa, (2017)

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 titleArchive of Applied Mechanics
AbbreviationArch. Appl. Mech.
ISSN (print)0939-1533
ISSN (online)1432-0681
ScopeMechanical Engineering

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