How to format your references using the Cosmetics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Cosmetics. 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
Holdren, J.P. Retrospective. Joseph Rotblat (1908-2005). Science 2005, 310, 633.
A journal article with 2 authors
Fischbach, M.A.; Walsh, C.T. Antibiotics for Emerging Pathogens. Science 2009, 325, 1089–1093.
A journal article with 3 authors
Erickson, B.; Singh, R.; Winters, P. Synthetic Biology: Regulating Industry Uses of New Biotechnologies. Science 2011, 333, 1254–1256.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Partridge, T.C.; Granger, D.E.; Caffee, M.W.; Clarke, R.J. Lower Pliocene Hominid Remains from Sterkfontein. Science 2003, 300, 607–612.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Radoine, H. Architecture in Context; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2017; ISBN 9781119173120.
An edited book
Behavioral Neurobiology of Huntington’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease; Nguyen, H.H.P., Cenci, M.A., Eds.; Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2015; Vol. 22; ISBN 9783662463437.
A chapter in an edited book
Hult, J. The Dangerous Steam Engine. In Risks in Technological Systems; Grimvall, G., Holmgren, Å.J., Jacobsson, P., Thedéen, T., Eds.; Springer Series in Reliability Engineering; Springer: London, 2010; pp. 35–45 ISBN 9781848826403.

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 Cosmetics.

Blog post
Davis, J. Gene Linked To Age Perception Discovered Available online: (accessed on 30 October 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 Joint Simulation Training; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1994;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Perilla, J.Y. Support Group for Neonatal Intensive Care Families: A Grant Proposal. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 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
Walsh, M.W. Cities Urge Public Pension Funds to Divest From Gun Makers. New York Times 2013, B1.

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 titleCosmetics
ISSN (online)2079-9284

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