How to format your references using the Flow Measurement and Instrumentation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Flow Measurement 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.
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
A. Müller, Chemistry. The beauty of symmetry, Science. 300 (2003) 749–750.
A journal article with 2 authors
F. Casals, J. Bertranpetit, Genetics. Human genetic variation, shared and private, Science. 337 (2012) 39–40.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Trail, E.B. Watson, N.D. Tailby, The oxidation state of Hadean magmas and implications for early Earth’s atmosphere, Nature. 480 (2011) 79–82.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L. Li, J.G. Checkelsky, Y.S. Hor, C. Uher, A.F. Hebard, R.J. Cava, N.P. Ong, Phase transitions of Dirac electrons in bismuth, Science. 321 (2008) 547–550.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Escarpa, M.C. González, M.Á. López, Agricultural and Food Electroanalysis, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2015.
An edited book
R. Chen, ed., Intelligent Computing and Information Science: International Conference, ICICIS 2011, Chongqing, China, January 8-9, 2011. Proceedings, Part II, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Missbach, J. Stelzel, C. Gardiner, G. Anderson, M. Tempes, Change and Configuration Management, in: J. Stelzel, C. Gardiner, G. Anderson, M. Tempes (Eds.), SAP on the Cloud, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 83–100.

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 Flow Measurement and Instrumentation.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Spread Of Multi-Drug Resistant Typhoid Threatens Public Health, 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, Telecommunications: Technological and Regulatory Factors Affecting Consumer Choice of Internet Providers, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.O. Dean, A discrete-time multiple event process survival mixture (MEPSUM) model for investigating the order and timing of multiple non-repeatable events, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 2012.

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
C. Kelly, Old Graveyards Suffering The Ravages of Vandalism, New York Times. (2007) WE15.

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 titleFlow Measurement and Instrumentation
AbbreviationFlow Meas. Instrum.
ISSN (print)0955-5986
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Modelling and Simulation

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