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]
Russell MJ. Geochemistry. The importance of being alkaline. Science 2003;302:580–1.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Radtke F, Clevers H. Self-renewal and cancer of the gut: two sides of a coin. Science 2005;307:1904–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Chang JC, Lockner DA, Reches Z. Rapid acceleration leads to rapid weakening in earthquake-like laboratory experiments. Science 2012;338:101–5.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Matsubara Y, Chiba T, Kashimada K, Morio T, Takada S, Mizutani S, et al. Transcription activator-like effector nuclease-mediated transduction of exogenous gene into IL2RG locus. Sci Rep 2014;4:5043.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Wren C. Concise Guide to Pediatric Arrhythmias. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell; 2011.
An edited book
[1]
Moroney L, MacDonald M, editors. Pro ASP.NET 2.0 in VB 2005. Berkeley, CA: Apress; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Pólya G, Tarjan RE, Woods DR. Stirling Numbers. In: Tarjan RE, Woods DR, editors. Notes on Introductory Combinatorics, Boston, MA: Birkhäuser; 2010, p. 41–54.

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]
Carpineti A. Fast Radio Bursts Also Produce Huge Gamma-Ray Flares. IFLScience 2016. https://www.iflscience.com/space/fast-radio-bursts-also-produce-huge-gammaray-flares/ (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. Telecommunications: Strong Support for Extending FCC’s Auction Authority Exists, but Little Agreement on Other Options to Improve Efficient Use of Spectrum. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Tabares M. Comprehensive skills program for emancipated foster youth: A grant thesis project. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 2015.

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]
Crow K. Snug as a Dog in a Baby Carrier Is the Latest Refrain for Pet Lovers. New York Times 2000:145.

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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