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
P. Berjak, Global voices of science. Protector of the seeds: seminal reflections from southern Africa, Science. 307 (2005) 47–49.
A journal article with 2 authors
T. Vanorio, W. Kanitpanyacharoen, ROCK PHYSICS. Rock physics of fibrous rocks akin to Roman concrete explains uplifts at Campi Flegrei Caldera, Science. 349 (2015) 617–621.
A journal article with 3 authors
C. Knigge, N. Leigh, A. Sills, A binary origin for “blue stragglers” in globular clusters, Nature. 457 (2009) 288–290.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F. Sun, X.-L. Yu, J. Ye, H. Fan, W.-M. Liu, Topological quantum phase transition in synthetic non-Abelian gauge potential: gauge invariance and experimental detections, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2119.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Corten, Computational Approaches to Studying the Co-evolution of Networks and Behavior in Social Dilemmas, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
M.V. Sauer, ed., Principles of Oocyte and Embryo Donation, 2nd ed. 2013, Springer, London, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Visioli, Q.-C. Zhong, Plug&Control, in: Q. Zhong (Ed.), Control of Integral Processes with Dead Time, Springer, London, 2011: pp. 87–92.

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
E. Andrew, Here’s What It Looks Like When Evolution Gets Weird, 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, [Suitability of the MUMPS Language for Government Agencies], 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
M.K. Buckley, A study of at-risk students’ perceptions of an online academic credit recovery program in an urban North Texas independent school district, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine 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
B.Y.K. Crow, Dreams of a Summer Camp Take the Form of Reality, New York Times. (2001) G10.

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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