How to format your references using the Electric Power Systems Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Electric Power Systems Research. 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
E.E. Sarmiento, Comment on the paleobiology and classification of Ardipithecus ramidus, Science. 328 (2010) 1105; author reply 1105.
A journal article with 2 authors
W.J. Blau, A.J. Fleming, Materials science. Designer nanotubes by molecular self-assembly, Science. 304 (2004) 1457–1458.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. Rosin-Arbesfeld, F. Townsley, M. Bienz, The APC tumour suppressor has a nuclear export function, Nature. 406 (2000) 1009–1012.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.S. Cline, B. Craft, T. Swatloski, M. Goldman, S. Ma, D. Haussler, J. Zhu, Exploring TCGA Pan-Cancer data at the UCSC Cancer Genomics Browser, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2652.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K.R. Callahan, G.S. Stetz, L.M. Brooks, Project Management Accounting, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
J. Zabloudil, R. Hammerling, P. Weinberger, L. Szunyogh, eds., Electron Scattering in Solid Matter: A Theoretical and Computational Treatise, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
R.B. Rosenfeld, Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Invisible Cycle, in: C. Weidinger, F. Fischler, R. Schmidpeter (Eds.), Sustainable Entrepreneurship: Business Success through Sustainability, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014: pp. 39–50.

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 Electric Power Systems Research.

Blog post
J. Davis, Animal Rights Activists Free Captive Penguin Into The Ocean, Probably Resulting In Its Death, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Emergency Management: Status of School Districts’ Planning and Preparedness, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
W.H. Bigler, Increased substance abuse treatment for adolescents, 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
S.K. (nyt), World Briefing | Europe: Russia: 10 Tons Of Cold Ones, New York Times. (2004) A12.

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 titleElectric Power Systems Research
AbbreviationElectric Power Syst. Res.
ISSN (print)0378-7796
ScopeEnergy Engineering and Power Technology
Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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