How to format your references using the Energy Reports citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Energy Reports. 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
Smith, M.S., 2009. Opening education. Science 323, 89–93.
A journal article with 2 authors
Arndt, M., Brand, C., 2015. QUANTUM MECHANICS. Interference of atomic clocks. Science 349, 1168–1169.
A journal article with 3 authors
Risk, J.M., Macknight, R.C., Day, C.L., 2008. FCA does not bind abscisic acid. Nature 456, E5-6.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Ponton, F., Lebarbenchon, C., Lefèvre, T., Biron, D.G., Duneau, D., Hughes, D.P., Thomas, F., 2006. Parasitology: parasite survives predation on its host. Nature 440, 756.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gwynne, P., 2017. World Religions in Practice. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Wang, X., Pedrycz, W., Chan, P., He, Q. (Eds.), 2014. Machine Learning and Cybernetics: 13th International Conference, Lanzhou, China, July 13-16, 2014. Proceedings, Communications in Computer and Information Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Holbrow, C.H., Lloyd, J.N., Amato, J.C., Galvez, E., Parks, M.E., 2010. Gas Laws, in: Lloyd, J.N., Amato, J.C., Galvez, E., Parks, M.E. (Eds.), Modern Introductory Physics. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 83–108.

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 Energy Reports.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014. Beer Waste Used To Make Bones [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1998. Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Status of Efforts to Deal With Personnel Issues (No. AIMD/GGD-99-14). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Dutta, A., 2010. Systems optimization for mobility management (Doctoral dissertation). Columbia University, New York, NY.

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
Ivory, D., Protess, B., Palmer, G., 2016. In American Towns, Pumping Private Profit From Public Works. New York Times A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Smith, 2009).
This sentence cites two references (Arndt and Brand, 2015; Smith, 2009).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Arndt and Brand, 2015)
  • Three or more authors: (Ponton et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleEnergy Reports
ISSN (print)2352-4847
ScopeGeneral Energy

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