How to format your references using the Brazilian Journal of Science and Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Brazilian Journal of Science and Technology. 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
Caron SJC (2013) Eppendorf. Brains don’t play dice--or do they? Science 342:574
A journal article with 2 authors
Robinton DA, Daley GQ (2012) The promise of induced pluripotent stem cells in research and therapy. Nature 481:295–305
A journal article with 3 authors
Acuna DE, Allesina S, Kording KP (2012) Future impact: Predicting scientific success. Nature 489:201–202
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Jin F, Zeng X, Liu J, et al (2014) Highly efficient and autocatalytic H2₂ dissociation for CO₂ reduction into formic acid with zinc. Sci Rep 4:4503

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rich P (2011) Understanding, Assessing, and Rehabilitating Juvenile Sexual Offenders. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Golden RE (2013) Best Evidence Structural Interventions for HIV Prevention. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Bora DK, Braun A, Gajda-Schrantz K (2015) Solar Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting with Bioconjugate and Bio-Hybrid Electrodes. In: Rozhkova EA, Ariga K (eds) From Molecules to Materials: Pathways to Artificial Photosynthesis. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 125–147

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 Brazilian Journal of Science and Technology.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Anxiety can be Inherited from your Parents. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2001) Abstracts of Reports and Testimony: Fiscal Year 2000. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Honnold JL (2012) Toward a Working Theory of Neurorhetorics. Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida

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
Pilon M (2014) At Play in the Cardboard Jungle. New York Times MB3

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Caron 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Robinton and Daley 2012; Caron 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Robinton and Daley 2012)
  • Three or more authors: (Jin et al. 2014)

About the journal

Full journal titleBrazilian Journal of Science and Technology
AbbreviationBraz. J. Sci. Technol.
ISSN (online)2196-288X

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