How to format your references using the Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. 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
D.M. Hunten, Planetary science. Clues to the Martian atmosphere, Science. 294 (2001) 1843–1844.
A journal article with 2 authors
E.S. Zavaleta, K.B. Hulvey, Realistic species losses disproportionately reduce grassland resistance to biological invaders, Science. 306 (2004) 1175–1177.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.-H. Chou, J.-K. Chuang, F.-C. Chen, High-performance flexible waveguiding photovoltaics, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2244.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Li, T. Kinoshita, S. Pandey, C.K.-Y. Ng, S.P. Gygi, K.-I. Shimazaki, S.M. Assmann, Modulation of an RNA-binding protein by abscisic-acid-activated protein kinase, Nature. 418 (2002) 793–797.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.A. McCrary, Mastering Corporate Finance Essentials, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
K.-H. Nam, G. Rhee, eds., Information Security and Cryptology - ICISC 2007: 10th International Conference, Seoul, Korea, November 29-30, 2007. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Frade, N. Acioly-Régnier, L. Jun, Beyond Deficit Models of Learning Mathematics: Socio-cultural Directions for Change and Research, in: M.A. (ken) Clements, A.J. Bishop, C. Keitel, J. Kilpatrick, F.K.S. Leung (Eds.), Third International Handbook of Mathematics Education, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 101–144.

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 Archives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Astronauts Aboard ISS Evacuated From US Segment Following Suspected Toxic Ammonia Leak, 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, FCC: Implementation of Competitive Bidding for Commercial Broadcast and Instructional Television Fixed Service Licenses, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.K. Owen, Preventive health behaviors: A look at the correlation between regular physical activity and routine cervical cancer screening, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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
M. Kolomatsky, The Best Cities for Millennials, New York Times. (2017) RE2.

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 titleArchives of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
AbbreviationArch. Civ. Mech. Eng.
ISSN (print)1644-9665
ScopeCivil and Structural Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

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