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
de Gennes, P.G.: Ultradivided matter. Nature. 412, 385 (2001)
A journal article with 2 authors
Insel, T.R., Landis, S.: Allison Doupe (1954-2014). Nature. 515, 344 (2014)
A journal article with 3 authors
Reyners, M., Eberhart-Phillips, D., Stuart, G.: The role of fluids in lower-crustal earthquakes near continental rifts. Nature. 446, 1075–1078 (2007)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Vieites, D.R., Nieto-Román, S., Barluenga, M., Palanca, A., Vences, M., Meyer, A.: Post-mating clutch piracy in an amphibian. Nature. 431, 305–308 (2004)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
d’Andria, A., Gabarret, I.: Building 21st Century Entrepreneurship. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2017)
An edited book
Cook, D.: Interactive and Dynamic Graphics for Data Analysis: With R and Ggobi. Springer, New York, NY (2007)
A chapter in an edited book
Klügl, F., Karlsson, L.: Towards Pattern-Oriented Design of Agent-Based Simulation Models. In: Braubach, L., Hoek, W. van der, Petta, P., and Pokahr, A. (eds.) Multiagent System Technologies: 7th German Conference, MATES 2009, Hamburg, Germany, September 9-11, 2009. Proceedings. pp. 41–53. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg (2009)

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
Andrews, R.: Did North Korea Detonate A Secret Nuclear Weapon Back In 2010?,


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: Comparison of States’ Highway Construction Costs. 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
DeLima, L.E.: Implementing an Innovative Educational Program in an Era of Accountability: An Interview Study of the Expeditionary Learning Program, (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
Gustines, G.G.: The Joker in the Deck: Birth of a Supervillain, (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 titleArchive of Applied Mechanics
AbbreviationArch. Appl. Mech.
ISSN (print)0939-1533
ISSN (online)1432-0681
ScopeMechanical Engineering

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