How to format your references using the Electronics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Electronics. 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
Koen, D. Nuts and Bolts. Totally Stumped? Nature 2004, 431, 722.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tercero, J.A.; Diffley, J.F. Regulation of DNA Replication Fork Progression through Damaged DNA by the Mec1/Rad53 Checkpoint. Nature 2001, 412, 553–557.
A journal article with 3 authors
Williams, M.A.; Tyznik, A.J.; Bevan, M.J. Interleukin-2 Signals during Priming Are Required for Secondary Expansion of CD8+ Memory T Cells. Nature 2006, 441, 890–893.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zha, Z.; Wang, J.; Qu, E.; Zhang, S.; Jin, Y.; Wang, S.; Dai, Z. Polypyrrole Hollow Microspheres as Echogenic Photothermal Agent for Ultrasound Imaging Guided Tumor Ablation. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2360.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Daïan, J.-F. Equilibrium and Transfer in Porous Media 2; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2014; ISBN 9781118931257.
An edited book
Algorithmic Game Theory: 6th International Symposium, SAGT 2013, Aachen, Germany, October 21-23, 2013. Proceedings; Vöcking, B., Ed.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013; Vol. 8146; ISBN 9783642413919.
A chapter in an edited book
Knoth, C.; Schlichtmann, U.; Li, B.; Zhang, M.; Olbrich, M.; Acar, E.; Eichler, U.; Haase, J.; Lange, A.; Pronath, M. Methods of Parameter Variations. In Process Variations and Probabilistic Integrated Circuit Design; Dietrich, M., Haase, J., Eds.; Springer: New York, NY, 2012; pp. 91–179 ISBN 9781441966209.

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 Electronics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. New Implant “Mops Up” Wandering Cancer Cells 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 Mass Transit: Implementation of FTA’s New Starts Evaluation Process and FY 2001 Funding Proposals; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2000;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Belletti, A. Trumpet Practice: Habits and Goals. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 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
(nyt), S.K. World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Reporter Stabbed. New York Times 2004, A4.

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 titleElectronics
AbbreviationElectronics (Basel)
ISSN (online)2079-9292

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