How to format your references using the Case Studies in Fire Safety citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Case Studies in Fire Safety. 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
F.J. Dyson, History of science. Is science mostly driven by ideas or by tools?, Science. 338 (2012) 1426–1427.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.L. Bochman, A. Schwacha, DNA replication: Strand separation unravelled, Nature. 524 (2015) 166–167.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Kremer, C. Brannen, R. Glennerster, The challenge of education and learning in the developing world, Science. 340 (2013) 297–300.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.F. Roerink, N. Sasaki, H. Lee-Six, M.D. Young, L.B. Alexandrov, S. Behjati, T.J. Mitchell, S. Grossmann, H. Lightfoot, D.A. Egan, A. Pronk, N. Smakman, J. van Gorp, E. Anderson, S.J. Gamble, C. Alder, M. van de Wetering, P.J. Campbell, M.R. Stratton, H. Clevers, Intra-tumour diversification in colorectal cancer at the single-cell level, Nature. 556 (2018) 457–462.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
O. Ocic, Oil Refineries in the 21st Century, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG, 2004.
An edited book
J. Blanc-Talon, D. Bone, W. Philips, D. Popescu, P. Scheunders, eds., Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems: 12th International Conference, ACIVS 2010, Sydney, Australia, December 13-16, 2010, Proceedings, Part I, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Grannell, V. Sumner, D. Synodinos, Using Links and Creating Navigation, in: V. Sumner, D. Synodinos (Eds.), The Essential Guide to HTML5 and CSS3 Web Design, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2012: pp. 145–226.

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 Fire Safety.

Blog post
E. Andrew, “Dead Hearts” Successfully Transplanted For The First Time, 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, New Denver Airport: Safety, Construction, Capacity, and Financing Considerations, 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
S. Goggin, The European Capital of Culture: The politics of a becoming Europe, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
J. Barron, Overlooked Influences in Trump’s Life: A Famous Minister and His Church, New York Times. (2016) A14.

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 Fire Safety
AbbreviationCase Stud. Fire Saf.
ISSN (print)2214-398X

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