How to format your references using the Diamond & Related Materials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Diamond & Related Materials. 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
W.P. Schleich, Engineering decoherence, Nature. 403 (2000) 256–257.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.L. Heilbron, W.F. Bynum, 1903 and all that, Nature. 421 (2003) 15–18.
A journal article with 3 authors
A.K. Shah, S. Mullainathan, E. Shafir, Some consequences of having too little, Science. 338 (2012) 682–685.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H.S. Fan, H. Wang, N. Zhao, J. Xu, F. Pan, Nano-porous architecture of N-doped carbon nanorods grown on graphene to enable synergetic effects of supercapacitance, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7426.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
F.-C. Li, B. Yu, J.-J. Wei, Y. Kawaguchi, Turbulent Drag Reduction by Surfactant Additives, John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd., Singapore, 2011.
An edited book
M. Aebi, R. Gunzburg, M. Szpalski, eds., The Aging Spine, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
A.M. Stranahan, M.P. Mattson, Stress Hormones and Neuroplasticity in the Diabetic Brain, in: S. Craft, Y. Christen (Eds.), Diabetes, Insulin and Alzheimer’s Disease, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 57–71.

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 Diamond & Related Materials.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Astronomers Think A Rare And Explosive “Red Nova” Will Light Up The Night Sky In A Few Years, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Defaulted Loans Under the Guaranteed Student Loan Program, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Krishna, Pediatric Pal, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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. Kenigsberg, The Space Between Us, New York Times. (2017) C7.

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 titleDiamond & Related Materials
AbbreviationDiam. Relat. Mater.
ISSN (print)0925-9635
ScopeGeneral Chemistry
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Materials Chemistry
General Physics and Astronomy

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