How to format your references using the Fire Safety Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Fire Safety 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
U. Weiss, Intestinal networks in health and disease, Nature. 474 (2011) 297.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.H. Eberly, T. Yu, Physics. The end of an entanglement, Science. 316 (2007) 555–557.
A journal article with 3 authors
B.P. Olveczky, S.A. Baccus, M. Meister, Segregation of object and background motion in the retina, Nature. 423 (2003) 401–408.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Okamoto, K. Sugisaki, H. Murata, H. Hirasawa, C. Mayama, R. Asaoka, Impact of better and worse eye damage on quality of life in advanced glaucoma, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4144.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K.S. Cyr, Microsoft® Exchange Server 2010 Administration, Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, USA, 2010.
An edited book
L. Wang, ed., Computing and Combinatorics: 11th Annual International Conference, COCOON 2005 Kunming, China, August 16–19, 2005 Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Cournier, S. Dubois, A. Lamani, F. Petit, V. Villain, Snap-Stabilizing Message Forwarding Algorithm on Tree Topologies, in: L. Bononi, A.K. Datta, S. Devismes, A. Misra (Eds.), Distributed Computing and Networking: 13th International Conference, ICDCN 2012, Hong Kong, China, January 3-6, 2012. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 46–60.

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 Fire Safety Journal.

Blog post
J. O`Callaghan, Hawaii Is At Risk Of A Mega-Tsunami, IFLScience. (2016).


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, The President’s Second Special Message for FY 1983, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1983.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.M. Roberts, Resilience in Physically Maltreated Adolescents: Interpersonally Related Protective Factors and Gender Differences, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington 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
S. Chira, Well, What Should Hillary Clinton Do?, New York Times. (2017) SR4.

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 titleFire Safety Journal
AbbreviationFire Saf. J.
ISSN (print)0379-7112
ScopeGeneral Chemistry
Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
General Materials Science
General Physics and Astronomy

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