How to format your references using the Forensic Science Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Forensic Science Review. 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
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Dragert H: Geophysics. Mediating plate convergence; Science 315:471; 2007.
A journal article with 2 authors
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Sharp PA, Langer R: Research agenda. Promoting convergence in biomedical science; Science 333:527; 2011.
A journal article with 3 authors
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Russell DG, Barry CE 3rd, Flynn JL: Tuberculosis: what we don’t know can, and does, hurt us; Science 328:852; 2010.
A journal article with 21 or more authors
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Lu H-L, Liao Z-M, Zhang L, Yuan W-T, Wang Y, Ma X-M, Yu D-P: Reversible insulator-metal transition of LaAlO₃/SrTiO₃ interface for nonvolatile memory; Sci Rep 3:2870; 2013.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Klee L: International Construction Contract Law; Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
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Radosevich JA, editor: HPV and Cancer; Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
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Spath D, van Husen C, Meyer K, Elze R: Integrated Development of Software and Service — The Challenges of IT-Enabled Service Products; In Spath D, Fähnrich K-P (Eds): Advances in Services Innovations; Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007.

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 Review.

Blog post
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Davis J: Vast Annual Migration Of Insects Across The UK Recorded At High Altitude; IFLScience; 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
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Government Accountability Office: Positive Train Control: Additional Authorities Could Benefit Implementation; Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2013 Aug; Report No.: GAO-13-720.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
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White BD: Implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support at the High School Level [Doctoral dissertation]; [ St. Charles, MO]: Lindenwood University; 2015.

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
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Powell M: The Provocateur President Meets Athletes’ Resolve; New York Times; 2017.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [2].
This sentence cites two references [2,4].
This sentence cites four references [2,6–8].

About the journal

Full journal titleForensic Science Review
ISSN (print)1042-7201

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