How to format your references using the Case Studies in Construction Materials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Case Studies in Construction Materials. 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
G. Pickett, Superfluidity. A new twist to an old story, Nature. 404 (2000) 450–451.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.T. Wasan, A.D. Nikolov, Spreading of nanofluids on solids, Nature. 423 (2003) 156–159.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.M. Tylianakis, T. Tscharntke, O.T. Lewis, Habitat modification alters the structure of tropical host-parasitoid food webs, Nature. 445 (2007) 202–205.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P. Kohli, C.C. Harrell, Z. Cao, R. Gasparac, W. Tan, C.R. Martin, DNA-functionalized nanotube membranes with single-base mismatch selectivity, Science. 305 (2004) 984–986.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T.A. Waigh, The Physics of Living Processes, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
O.H. Ibarra, B. Ravikumar, eds., Implementation and Applications of Automata: 13th International Conference, CIAA 2008, San Francisco, California, USA, July 21-24, 2008. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
D.H. Verity, G.E. Rose, Lacrimal Canalicular Inflammation and Occlusion: Diagnosis and Management, in: R.F. Guthoff, J.A. Katowitz (Eds.), Oculoplastics and Orbit: Aesthetic and Functional Oculofacial Plastic Problem-Solving in the 21st Century, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 67–77.

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 Case Studies in Construction Materials.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Why Are Off-Label Medicines Prescribed?, IFLScience. (2015). (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, FAA Information Technology: Complete Cost Data Not Provided to OMB, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R.J. Bennett, Exploring the effects of parasocial connection on relaxation exercise persistence in women, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2016.

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. Williams, Found in Translation, New York Times. (2016) BR6.

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 titleCase Studies in Construction Materials
AbbreviationCase Stud. Constr. Mater.
ISSN (print)2214-5095
ScopeMaterials Science (miscellaneous)

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