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
R.M. French, Computer science. Dusting off the Turing test, Science. 336 (2012) 164–165.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. McGlade, P. Ekins, The geographical distribution of fossil fuels unused when limiting global warming to 2 °C, Nature. 517 (2015) 187–190.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.N. Templeton, E. Greene, K. Davis, Allometry of alarm calls: black-capped chickadees encode information about predator size, Science. 308 (2005) 1934–1937.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D.A. Paige, M.A. Siegler, J.A. Zhang, P.O. Hayne, E.J. Foote, K.A. Bennett, A.R. Vasavada, B.T. Greenhagen, J.T. Schofield, D.J. McCleese, M.C. Foote, E. DeJong, B.G. Bills, W. Hartford, B.C. Murray, C.C. Allen, K. Snook, L.A. Soderblom, S. Calcutt, F.W. Taylor, N.E. Bowles, J.L. Bandfield, R. Elphic, R. Ghent, T.D. Glotch, M.B. Wyatt, P.G. Lucey, Diviner Lunar Radiometer observations of cold traps in the Moon’s south polar region, Science. 330 (2010) 479–482.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.C. Smith, D.M. Sherman, Goat Medicine, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2009.
An edited book
A. Fuchs, E. Nijman, H.-H. Priebsch, eds., Automotive NVH Technology, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
M. D’Onofrio, R. Rampazzo, S. Zaggia, M.S. Longair, L. Ferrarese, P. Marziani, J.W. Sulentic, P.C. van der Kruit, E. Laurikainen, D.M. Elmegreen, F. Combes, G. Bertin, G. Fabbiano, R. Giovanelli, D. Calzetti, D.L. Moss, F. Matteucci, S.G. Djorgovski, D. Fraix-Burnet, A.W.M. Graham, B.R. Tully, The Anatomy of Galaxies, in: M. D’Onofrio, R. Rampazzo, S. Zaggia (Eds.), From the Realm of the Nebulae to Populations of Galaxies: Dialogues on a Century of Research, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 243–379.

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
J. Davis, Wild Chimpanzee Life Expectancy Closely Matches That Of Human Hunter-Gatherers, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Transportation Infrastructure: Major Program Revisions Present Challenges, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Ramirez, A Policy Analysis: Assembly Bill 1421 or Laura’s Law, 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
J. Wagner, For a Weekend, ‘Lil D’ on a Jersey and Sinatra on Cleats, New York Times. (2017) D1.

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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