How to format your references using the Coatings citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Coatings. 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
Nathan, C. Points of Control in Inflammation. Nature 2002, 420, 846–852.
A journal article with 2 authors
Alici, K.B.; Gallardo, I.F. Detecting Secondary Structure and Surface Orientation of Helical Peptide Monolayers from Resonant Hybridization Signals. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2956.
A journal article with 3 authors
McKee, R.A.; Walker, F.J.; Chisholm, M.F. Physical Structure and Inversion Charge at a Semiconductor Interface with a Crystalline Oxide. Science 2001, 293, 468–471.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lawler, M.J.; Fujita, K.; Lee, J.; Schmidt, A.R.; Kohsaka, Y.; Kim, C.K.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Davis, J.C.; Sethna, J.P.; et al. Intra-Unit-Cell Electronic Nematicity of the High-T(c) Copper-Oxide Pseudogap States. Nature 2010, 466, 347–351.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Phillips, J.J.; Trotter, W.D.; Phillips, P.P. Maximizing the Value of Consulting; John Wiley & Sons, Inc: Hoboken, NJ, 2015; ISBN 9781119154846.
An edited book
Reprogramming Microbial Metabolic Pathways; Wang, X., Chen, J., Quinn, P., Eds.; Subcellular Biochemistry; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2012; Vol. 64; ISBN 9789400750548.
A chapter in an edited book
Lengstorf, J.; Leggetter, P. Choosing Web Apps Over Native Apps. In Realtime Web Apps: With HTML5 WebSocket, PHP, and jQuery; Leggetter, P., Ed.; Apress: Berkeley, CA, 2013; pp. 57–64 ISBN 9781430246206.

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 Coatings.

Blog post
Davis, J. World’s Largest Primate Now Considered “Critically Endangered” Available online: (accessed on 30 October 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 Comments on H.R. 5103, Mineta Letter; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1981;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Nixon, H.A. Defining Principals: The Seen and the Unseen. A Critical Discourse Analysis of Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards Five and Six. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University: Washington, DC, 2015.

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
Pilon, M. Baton in This Race Is the Conductor’s. New York Times 2014, B10.

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 titleCoatings
ISSN (online)2079-6412

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