How to format your references using the Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering. 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
R. Morrow, Engineering. Wi-Fi-Fo-Fum, Science. 320 (2008) 1018–1019.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. Tamaru, E.U. Selker, A histone H3 methyltransferase controls DNA methylation in Neurospora crassa, Nature. 414 (2001) 277–283.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Li, J. Matthews, A. Sinha, Atmospheric hydroxyl radical production from electronically excited NO2 and H2O, Science. 319 (2008) 1657–1660.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Zhang, H. Shen, W. Dong, X. Qu, Q. Liu, J. Du, Antitumor effects and molecular mechanisms of figitumumab, a humanized monoclonal antibody to IGF-1 receptor, in esophageal carcinoma, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6855.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.J. Gladon, W.R. Graves, J.M. Kelly, Getting Published in the Life Sciences, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
D.L. Bhatt, ed., Peripheral and Cerebrovascular Intervention, Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
F. Kantarci, İ. Mihmanli, G.T. MacLennan, Congenital and Acquired Nonneoplastic Disorders of the Spermatic Cord and Testicular Adnexae, in: V.S. Dogra, G.T. MacLennan (Eds.), Genitourinary Radiology: Male Genital Tract, Adrenal and Retroperitoneum: The Pathologic Basis, Springer, London, 2013: pp. 73–93.

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 Chinese Journal of Chemical Engineering.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Do We Really Need Oxygen For Complex Life?, 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, Vocational Education: Status in 2-Year Colleges in 1990-91 and Early Signs of Change, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T. Matsuda, Computational proposal for locating local defects in superconducting tapes, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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
W.K. Rashbaum, B. Mueller, Escaped Killer Is Fatally Shot in New York, New York Times. (2015) A1.

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 titleChinese Journal of Chemical Engineering
AbbreviationChin. J. Chem. Eng.
ISSN (print)1004-9541
General Chemical Engineering
General Chemistry
Environmental Engineering

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