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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Colloids 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
D.R. Walt, Chemistry. Miniature analytical methods for medical diagnostics, Science. 308 (2005) 217–219.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Perry, K. Sones, Science for development. Poverty reduction through animal health, Science. 315 (2007) 333–334.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.Y. Sazonov, A.A. Lutovinov, R.A. Sunyaev, An apparently normal gamma-ray burst with an unusually low luminosity, Nature. 430 (2004) 646–648.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Yang, X. Zhu, T.J.A. Wolf, Z. Li, J.P.F. Nunes, R. Coffee, J.P. Cryan, M. Gühr, K. Hegazy, T.F. Heinz, K. Jobe, R. Li, X. Shen, T. Veccione, S. Weathersby, K.J. Wilkin, C. Yoneda, Q. Zheng, T.J. Martinez, M. Centurion, X. Wang, Imaging CF3I conical intersection and photodissociation dynamics with ultrafast electron diffraction, Science. 361 (2018) 64–67.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T. Khatib, W. Elmenreich, Modeling of Photovoltaic Systems Using MATLAB ®, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
R.W. O¿Donnell, Intellectual Property in the Food Technology Industry: Protecting Your Innovation, Springer, New York, NY, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
G.T. Yengoh, D. Dent, L. Olsson, A.E. Tengberg, C.J. Tucker, Limits to the Use of NDVI in Land Degradation Assessment, in: D. Dent, L. Olsson, A.E. Tengberg, C.J. Tucker III (Eds.), Use of the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) to Assess Land Degradation at Multiple Scales: Current Status, Future Trends, and Practical Considerations, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 27–30.

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 Colloids and Interface Science Communications.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Polar Bear Cam Captures Life From The Bears Persepctive, 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, Costs and Uses of Remote Sensing Satellites, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1983.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.S. Boothe, The effects of prototype medium on the user’s overall perception of usability and ability to detect usability flaws, Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, 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
K. Whiteside, In Family’s Footsteps, Minor Takes Big Stage, New York Times. (2017) B11.

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 titleColloids 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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