How to format your references using the Finite Elements in Analysis & Design citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Finite Elements in Analysis & Design. 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
P. Smaglik, Lessons in career planning, Nature. 418 (2002) 3.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.E. Schwab, A.D. Buchli, Drug research: plug the real brain drain, Nature. 483 (2012) 267–268.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Fabiańska, G. Kassier, T. Feurer, Split ring resonator based THz-driven electron streak camera featuring femtosecond resolution, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5645.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Steinle-Neumann, L. Stixrude, R.E. Cohen, O. Gülseren, Elasticity of iron at the temperature of the Earth’s inner core, Nature. 413 (2001) 57–60.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
C.J. Ko, R.J. Barr, Dermatopathology, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2011.
An edited book
H. Stadtler, Advanced Planning in Supply Chains: Illustrating the Concepts Using an SAP® APO Case Study, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Scholtes-Spang, H. Demant, M. Benz, Sleep Disorders of Early Childhood, in: M. Cierpka (Ed.), Regulatory Disorders in Infants: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 67–88.

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 Finite Elements in Analysis & Design.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Astronomers Spot Signs Of Some Of The Earliest Galaxies, IFLScience. (2015). (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, [Comments on FAA Employee’s Claim for Temporary Quarters Subsistence Expenses], U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J.M. Moro, School Improvement Grants at Work: A Study of Urban, Public New England Schools, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 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
D. Searcey, A. Hartocollis, R. Buettner, D.W. Chen, Speaker Silver, a Rare Cancer and State Cash, New York Times. (2015) A1.

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 titleFinite Elements in Analysis & Design
AbbreviationFinite Elem. Anal. Des.
ISSN (print)0168-874X
ScopeComputer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
General Engineering
Applied Mathematics

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