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
C. Levitin, Russian PM supports science, Nature. 405 (2000) 384.
A journal article with 2 authors
Z. Huang, X. Li, Origin of flaw-tolerance in nacre, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1693.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Schätz, U. Schramm, D. Habs, Crystalline ion beams, Nature. 412 (2001) 717–720.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L.M. Fontanari Krause, A.S. Japp, A. Krause, J. Mooster, M. Chopra, M. Müschen, S.K. Bohlander, Identification and characterization of OSTL (RNF217) encoding a RING-IBR-RING protein adjacent to a translocation breakpoint involving ETV6 in childhood ALL, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6565.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G.E. Bottomley, Channel Equalization for Wireless Communications, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
A.P. de Leon F. de Carvalho, S. Rodríguez-González, J.F.D. Paz Santana, J.M.C. Rodríguez, eds., Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence: 7th International Symposium, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Yoshihara, R. Veneziani, Profits and exploitation: a reappraisal, in: S. Kusuoka, T. Maruyama (Eds.), Advances in Mathematical Economics Volume 16, Springer Japan, Tokyo, 2012: pp. 85–109.

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
S. Luntz, Reports Of An Earth-like Planet Around Our Nearest Neighbor, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Aviation Security: TSA Is Enhancing Its Oversight of Air Carrier Efforts to Identify Passengers on the No Fly and Selectee Lists, but Expects Ultimate Solution to Be Implementation of Secure Flight, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.K. Shah, Data Transmission Using Image Steganography in Quick Response (QR) Code, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
S. Hollander, Hard Feelings, New York Times. (2000) D4.

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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