How to format your references using the European Polymer Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for European Polymer Journal. 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
C.L. Bennett, Astrophysical observations: lensing and eclipsing Einstein’s theories, Science. 307 (2005) 879–884.
A journal article with 2 authors
F. Supek, B. Lehner, Differential DNA mismatch repair underlies mutation rate variation across the human genome, Nature. 521 (2015) 81–84.
A journal article with 3 authors
L. McAlary, J.J. Yerbury, J.A. Aquilina, Glutathionylation potentiates benign superoxide dismutase 1 variants to the toxic forms associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3275.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Shackleton, F. Vaillant, K.J. Simpson, J. Stingl, G.K. Smyth, M.-L. Asselin-Labat, L. Wu, G.J. Lindeman, J.E. Visvader, Generation of a functional mammary gland from a single stem cell, Nature. 439 (2006) 84–88.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.R. Pierce, Project Scheduling and Management for Construction, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
H. Emmons, Flow Shop Scheduling: Theoretical Results, Algorithms, and Applications, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
E.A. Heidenreich, J.M. Ferrero, J.F. Rodríguez, Modeling the Human Heart Under Acute Ischemia, in: B. Calvo Lopez, E. Peña (Eds.), Patient-Specific Computational Modeling, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012: pp. 81–103.

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 European Polymer Journal.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, Ultra, Super, Clean Coal Power? We’ve Heard It Before, 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, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Light Truck Average Fuel Economy Standard--Model Year 2000, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.L. Brown, Examining leadership and the laminated glass ceiling: Gender and leadership traits, Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University, 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
M.J.O. Murphy, Friday File, New York Times. (2015) C25.

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 titleEuropean Polymer Journal
AbbreviationEur. Polym. J.
ISSN (print)0014-3057
ScopeOrganic Chemistry
Polymers and Plastics
General Physics and Astronomy

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