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
Poulin, P. Chemistry. New gels for mixing immiscible liquids. Science 2005, 309, 2174–2175.
A journal article with 2 authors
Baker, M.B.; Peter, T. Small-scale cloud processes and climate. Nature 2008, 451, 299–300.
A journal article with 3 authors
Opher, M.; Stone, E.C.; Gombosi, T.I. The orientation of the local interstellar magnetic field. Science 2007, 316, 875–878.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Hoffman, J.E.; Hudson, E.W.; Lang, K.M.; Madhavan, V.; Eisaki, H.; Uchida, S.; Davis, J.C. A four unit cell periodic pattern of quasi-particle states surrounding vortex cores in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta. Science 2002, 295, 466–469.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Aldridge, P.; O’Dwyer, L. Practical Emergency and Critical Care Veterinary Nursing; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: West Sussex, UK, 2013; ISBN 9781118782873.
An edited book
Townsend, T.G. Sustainable Practices for Landfill Design and Operation; Powell, J., Jain, P., Xu, Q., Tolaymat, T., Reinhart, D., Eds.; Waste Management Principles and Practice; Springer: New York, NY, 2015; ISBN 9781493926619.
A chapter in an edited book
Mpakopoulou, M.; Brotis, A.G.; Gatos, H.; Paterakis, K.; Fountas, K.N. Ten Years of Clinical Experience in the Use of Fixed-Pressure Versus Programmable Valves: A Retrospective Study of 159 Patients. In Hydrocephalus: Selected Papers from the International Workshop in Crete, 2010; Aygok, G.A., Rekate, H.L., Eds.; Acta Neurochirurgica Supplementum; Springer: Vienna, 2012; pp. 25–28 ISBN 9783709109229.

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
Andrew, E. GM Crops And The Developing World: Opposing Sides Miss The Bigger Picture Available online: (accessed on Oct 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 Indian Education in the Public School System Needs More Direction from the Congress; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1977;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Tse, J. An explication of the Hilbert basis theorem and its relation to school mathematics. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2009.

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
GEORGE GENE GUSTINES; Compiled by RACHEL LEE HARRIS Love That Look, Wonder Woman. New York Times 2010, C3.

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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