How to format your references using the Automation in Construction citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Automation in Construction. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
P.J. Leek, Applied physics. Storing quantum information in Schrödinger’s cats, Science. 342 (2013) 568–569.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. Krishnamurthy, E. Gouaux, X-ray structures of LeuT in substrate-free outward-open and apo inward-open states, Nature. 481 (2012) 469–474.
A journal article with 3 authors
T.S. Hnasko, B.N. Sotak, R.D. Palmiter, Morphine reward in dopamine-deficient mice, Nature. 438 (2005) 854–857.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Voulhoux, M.P. Bos, J. Geurtsen, M. Mols, J. Tommassen, Role of a highly conserved bacterial protein in outer membrane protein assembly, Science. 299 (2003) 262–265.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.C. Hallberg, Economic Trends in U.S. Agriculture and Food Systems Since World War II, Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa, USA, 2008.
An edited book
H.K. Chan, Fuzzy Hierarchical Model for Risk Assessment: Principles, Concepts, and Practical Applications, Springer, London, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
M. van Steenbergen, J. Schipper, R. Bos, S. Brinkkemper, The Dynamic Architecture Maturity Matrix: Instrument Analysis and Refinement, in: A. Dan, F. Gittler, F. Toumani (Eds.), Service-Oriented Computing. ICSOC/ServiceWave 2009 Workshops: International Workshops, ICSOC/ServiceWave 2009, Stockholm, Sweden, November 23-27, 2009, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 48–61.

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 Automation in Construction.

Blog post
R. Andrews, World’s Largest Megaraptor Was Nothing Short Of Terrifying, 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, Resolution Trust Corporation: Stronger Information Technology Leadership Needed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Romer, WhatsUpDoc: A Patient Portal Technology, 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
B. Sisario, The Chainsmokers Bump Drake Off No. 1, New York Times. (2017) C3.

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 titleAutomation in Construction
AbbreviationAutom. Constr.
ISSN (print)0926-5805
ScopeCivil and Structural Engineering
Control and Systems Engineering
Building and Construction

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