How to format your references using the Forensic Science International: Synergy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Forensic Science International: Synergy. 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
P. Carmeliet, Angiogenesis in life, disease and medicine, Nature. 438 (2005) 932–936.
A journal article with 2 authors
E.A. Bernays, M.S. Singer, Insect defences: taste alteration and endoparasites, Nature. 436 (2005) 476.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Nesvorný, D. Vokrouhlický, W.F. Bottke, The breakup of a main-belt asteroid 450 thousand years ago, Science. 312 (2006) 1490.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C.J. Myatt, B.E. King, Q.A. Turchette, C.A. Sackett, D. Kielpinski, W.M. Itano, C. Monroe, D.J. Wineland, Decoherence of quantum superpositions through coupling to engineered reservoirs, Nature. 403 (2000) 269–273.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.C. Das, Power System Harmonics and Passive Filter Designs, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
M.S. Szczuka, D. Howard, D. Ślȩzak, H.-K. Kim, T.-H. Kim, I.-S. Ko, G. Lee, P.M.A. Sloot, eds., Advances in Hybrid Information Technology: First International Conference, ICHIT 2006, Jeju Island, Korea, November 9-11, 2006, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Todić, Social and Environmental Issues Related to Security in SEE Countries, in: M. Montini, S. Bogdanovic (Eds.), Environmental Security in South-Eastern Europe: International Agreements and Their Implementation, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011: pp. 43–58.

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 Forensic Science International: Synergy.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, The Hunt For Meteorites In Antarctica Is Extended For The Next Decade, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Computers in Government: We Couldn’t Do Without Them, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1980.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
H.L. Mosbacker, Control of Electrical Transport Mechanisms at Metal-Zinc Oxide Interfaces by Subsurface Defect Engineering with Remote Plasma Treatment, Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, 2008.

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
J. Barron, Peter Allen Dies at 96; Longtime Host of Met Opera’s Radio Broadcasts, New York Times. (2016) B12.

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 titleForensic Science International: Synergy
ISSN (print)2589-871X

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