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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Colloid and Polymer Science. 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
Savolainen O (2011) Evolution. The genomic basis of local climatic adaptation. Science 334:49–50
A journal article with 2 authors
Carrizosa E, Mempel TR (2015) Immunology: In the right place at the right time. Nature 528:205–206
A journal article with 3 authors
Contreras M, Ceric F, Torrealba F (2007) Inactivation of the interoceptive insula disrupts drug craving and malaise induced by lithium. Science 318:655–658
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Torii M, Hashimoto-Torii K, Levitt P, Rakic P (2009) Integration of neuronal clones in the radial cortical columns by EphA and ephrin-A signalling. Nature 461:524–528

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bishop CA (2015) Roll-to-Roll Vacuum Deposition of Barrier Coatings. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Drewes F (2015) Implementation and Application of Automata: 20th International Conference, CIAA 2015, Umeå, Sweden, August 18-21, 2015, Proceedings. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Radomirović S, Dashti MT (2015) Derailing Attacks. In: Christianson B, Švenda P, Matyáš V, et al (eds) Security Protocols XXIII: 23rd International Workshop, Cambridge, UK, March 31 - April 2, 2015, Revised Selected Papers. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 41–46

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 Polymer Science.

Blog post
Carpineti A (2016) Planet In Three-Star System Directly Imaged For The First Time. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2007) Federal Disability Assistance: Stronger Federal Oversight Could Help Assure Multiple Programs’ Accountability. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Layer BD (2012) Structured plasma waveguides and deep EUV generation enabled by intense laser-cluster interactions. Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park

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
Hodgman J (2016) Bonus Advice From Judge John Hodgman. New York Times MM30

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 Polymer Science
AbbreviationColloid Polym. Sci.
ISSN (print)0303-402X
ISSN (online)1435-1536
ScopeColloid and Surface Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Polymers and Plastics

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