How to format your references using the China Communications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for China Communications. 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
Y. Quéré, “Academies must engage with society,” Nature, vol. 465, no. 7301, p. 1009, Jun. 2010.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Navarro and N. H. Barton, “Chromosomal speciation and molecular divergence--accelerated evolution in rearranged chromosomes,” Science, vol. 300, no. 5617, pp. 321–324, Apr. 2003.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. B. Hannon, J. Tersoff, and R. M. Tromp, “Surface stress and thermodynamic nanoscale size selection,” Science, vol. 295, no. 5553, pp. 299–301, Jan. 2002.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K. L.-C. Wang, H. Yoshida, C. Lurin, and J. R. Ecker, “Regulation of ethylene gas biosynthesis by the Arabidopsis ETO1 protein,” Nature, vol. 428, no. 6986, pp. 945–950, Apr. 2004.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W. Ruske, Verlag Chemie 1921-1971. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 1971.
An edited book
X. Xie, Suizhou Meteorite: Mineralogy and Shock Metamorphism. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Harriss-White, “‘Local Capitalism’ and the Development of the Rice Economy, 1973–2010,” in Middle India and Urban-Rural Development: Four Decades of Change, B. Harriss-White, Ed. New Delhi: Springer India, 2016, pp. 97–130.

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 China Communications.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, “How Authentic Are Photographic Memories?,” IFLScience, Feb. 14, 2017. (accessed Oct. 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, “Highway Trust Fund: Overview of Highway Trust Fund Financing,” U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, GAO-02-435T, Feb. 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. H. Edwards, “Why Do They Get High?: An Examination of Social Bond Theory and Substance Use in College,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, LA, 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
J. Poniewozik, “A Vanished Woman’s Strange Return,” New York Times, p. C1, Dec. 16, 2016.

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 titleChina Communications
AbbreviationChina Commun.
ISSN (print)1673-5447

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