How to format your references using the Composites Part A citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Composites Part A. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
[1]
Sykes MV. Planetary science. The planet debate continues. Science 2008;319:1765.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Karimi E, Boyd RW. PHYSICS. Classical entanglement? Science 2015;350:1172–3.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Anderson DM, Overpeck JT, Gupta AK. Increase in the Asian southwest monsoon during the past four centuries. Science 2002;297:596–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
McIsaac GF, David MB, Gertner GZ, Goolsby DA. Nitrate flux in the Mississippi River. Nature 2001;414:166–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Drago C. Implant Restorations. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
[1]
Gooßen LJ, editor. Inventing Reactions. vol. 44. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Yaqub M, Cuingnet R, Napolitano R, Roundhill D, Papageorghiou A, Ardon R, et al. Volumetric Segmentation of Key Fetal Brain Structures in 3D Ultrasound. In: Wu G, Zhang D, Shen D, Yan P, Suzuki K, Wang F, editors. Machine Learning in Medical Imaging: 4th International Workshop, MLMI 2013, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2013, Nagoya, Japan, September 22, 2013. Proceedings, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2013, p. 25–32.

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 Composites Part A.

Blog post
[1]
Fang J. Male Zebra Finches Without Moms Prefer Other Males As Mates. IFLScience 2014. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/male-zebra-finches-without-moms-prefer-other-males-mates/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Special Education: Additional Federal Actions Could Help Address Unique Challenges of Educating Children in Nursing Homes. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Mayo J. Rates and factors associated with child maltreatment recurrence for children from birth to 5 years of age in Ventura County. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
[1]
Kelly K. Achieving Techno-Literacy. New York Times 2010:MM21.

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 titleComposites Part A
AbbreviationCompos. Part A Appl. Sci. Manuf.
ISSN (print)1359-835X
ScopeMechanics of Materials
Ceramics and Composites

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