How to format your references using the Chemical Engineering Progress citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chemical Engineering Progress (CEP). 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
Macilwain, C., “AAAS members fret over links with theological foundation,” Nature, 403 (6772), p. 819 (2000).
A journal article with 2 authors
Truffer, M., and M. Fahnestock, “Climate change. Rethinking ice sheet time scales,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 315 (5818), pp. 1508–1510 (2007).
A journal article with 3 authors
Shikano, Y., T. Wada, and J. Horikawa, “Discrete-time quantum walk with feed-forward quantum coin,” Scientific reports, 4, p. 4427 (2014).
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Silver, R.A., J. Lubke, B. Sakmann, and D. Feldmeyer, “High-probability uniquantal transmission at excitatory synapses in barrel cortex,” Science (New York, N.Y.), 302 (5652), pp. 1981–1984 (2003).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Loughran, M., “Auditing for Dummies®,” Wiley Publishing, Inc., Hoboken, NJ (2010).
An edited book
Shafferman, A., A. Ordentlich, and B. Velan, eds., “The Challenge of Highly Pathogenic Microorganisms: Mechanisms of Virulence and Novel Medical Countermeasures,” Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht (2010).
A chapter in an edited book
Scaradavou, A., “Maternal HLA Typing and Cord Blood Unit Choice,” in K. Ballen, ed., , “Umbilical Cord Blood Banking and Transplantation,” Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 49–58 (2014).

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 Chemical Engineering Progress.

Blog post
Davis, J., “Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Discovered In Rio de Janeiro Waterways Ahead Of Olymics,” IFLScience, 2016.


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, “Information Technology: OMB Has Made Improvements to Its Dashboard, but Further Work Is Needed by Agencies and OMB to Ensure Data Accuracy,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2011).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Bowman, K., “A Close Look at the 2014 Passage of the Illinois County School Facility Sales Tax in Greene County,” 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
Williams, J., “3 Important Men and 1 Stressful Season,” New York Times, 2017, C2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [2, 4].
This sentence cites four references [2, 6, 7, 8].

About the journal

Full journal titleChemical Engineering Progress
ISSN (print)0360-7275
ISSN (online)1945-0710

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