How to format your references using the Colloid and Interface Science Communications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Colloid and Interface Science 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
G.B. Bonan, Forests and climate change: forcings, feedbacks, and the climate benefits of forests, Science. 320 (2008) 1444–1449.
A journal article with 2 authors
O.M. de Brito, L. Scorrano, Mitofusin 2 tethers endoplasmic reticulum to mitochondria, Nature. 456 (2008) 605–610.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Parsons, C. Ji, E. Kirby, Stress changes from the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake and increased hazard in the Sichuan basin, Nature. 454 (2008) 509–510.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L. Tian, J. Li, J. Sun, E. Ma, Z.-W. Shan, Visualizing size-dependent deformation mechanism transition in Sn, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2113.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A.R. Wells, K. Chiang, Monetizing Your Data, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
H.T. Sencar, S. Velastin, N. Nikolaidis, S. Lian, eds., Intelligent Multimedia Analysis for Security Applications, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
X. Deng, SEDE: A Schema Explorer and Data Extractor for HTML Web Pages, in: M. Zhu (Ed.), Information and Management Engineering: International Conference, ICCIC 2011, Wuhan, China, September 17-18, 2011. Proceedings, Part VI, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011: pp. 26–33.

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 Colloid and Interface Science Communications.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Strangest Genitals In The Animal Kingdom, 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, Commerce Information Technology Solutions Next Generation Governmentwide Acquisition Contract, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T.B. Hofmann, Adductor and abductor spasmodic dysphonia: A comparison of quality of life issues for those receiving Botox treatment, Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 2008.

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. Leland, At a Village Voice Reunion, They Laughed. They Cried. They Groused, New York Times. (2017) A19.

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 titleColloid and Interface Science Communications
AbbreviationColloids Interface Sci. Commun.
ISSN (print)2215-0382
Colloid and Surface Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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