How to format your references using the Carbohydrate Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Carbohydrate Research. 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
B.W. Aldiss, Desperately seeking aliens, Nature. 409 (2001) 1080–1082.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.E. Hirsh, H.B. Fraser, Protein dispensability and rate of evolution, Nature. 411 (2001) 1046–1049.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.D. Kolodner, C.D. Putnam, K. Myung, Maintenance of genome stability in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Science. 297 (2002) 552–557.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.D. Mahecha, M. Reichstein, N. Carvalhais, G. Lasslop, H. Lange, S.I. Seneviratne, R. Vargas, C. Ammann, M.A. Arain, A. Cescatti, I.A. Janssens, M. Migliavacca, L. Montagnani, A.D. Richardson, Global convergence in the temperature sensitivity of respiration at ecosystem level, Science. 329 (2010) 838–840.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ccps, Guidelines for Combustible Dust Hazard Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
L. Landriani, Management and Valuation of Heritage Assets: A Comparative Analysis Between Italy and USA, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Lyra, B. Medrado, Pregnancy, Marriage, and Fatherhood in Adolescents: A Critical Review of the Literature, in: A.L. Cherry, M.E. Dillon (Eds.), International Handbook of Adolescent Pregnancy: Medical, Psychosocial, and Public Health Responses, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2014: pp. 103–128.

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 Carbohydrate Research.

Blog post
E. Andrew, What Happens When Wildlife Reclaims Chernobyl?, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Centralized Direction Needed for Calibration Program, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.B. Wilson, Constructions of childhood found in award -winning children’s literature, Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, 2009.

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.W. Walsh, Moody’s Downgrade Deepens Puerto Rico’s Economic Problems, New York Times. (2012) B9.

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 titleCarbohydrate Research
AbbreviationCarbohydr. Res.
ISSN (print)0008-6215
Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
General Medicine

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