How to format your references using the EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation. 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
Abbott A (2011) Dementia: a problem for our age. Nature 475:S2-4
A journal article with 2 authors
Thursby JG, Thursby MC (2003) Intellectual property. University licensing and the Bayh-Dole Act. Science 301:1052
A journal article with 3 authors
Victor DG, House JC, Joy S (2005) Climate. A Madisonian approach to climate policy. Science 309:1820–1821
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Bendick R, Bilham R, Freymueller J, et al (2000) Geodetic evidence for a low slip rate in the Altyn Tagh fault system. Nature 404:69–72

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Fasano A (2014) Engineer Your Own Success. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Mohty M, Harousseau J-L (2015) Handbook of Multiple Myeloma. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Daillant J, Mora S, Sentenac A (2009) Diffuse Scattering. In: Daillant J, Gibaud A (eds) X-ray and Neutron Reflectivity: Principles and Applications. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 133–182

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 EPJ Techniques and Instrumentation.

Blog post
Hamilton K (2016) Aircraft Contrails Make Clouds Brighter – New Study. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2008) Safe Routes to School: Progress in Implementing the Program, but a Comprehensive Plan to Evaluate Program Outcomes Is Needed. 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
Manzanares ME (2012) Effect of a preoperative multidisciplinary education program on weight management after bariatric surgery. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
St. John Kelly E (1998) Media Talk; Dialing Sister Souljah at WLIB. New York Times D8

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 titleEPJ Techniques and Instrumentation
AbbreviationEPJ Tech. Instrum.
ISSN (online)2195-7045

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