How to format your references using the International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation. 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
McDowell, J. M. (2011). Plant science. Beleaguered immunity. Science (New York, N.Y.), 334(6061), 1354–1355.
A journal article with 2 authors
Touma, J. R., & Sridhar, S. (2015). The disruption of multiplanet systems through resonance with a binary orbit. Nature, 524(7566), 439–441.
A journal article with 3 authors
Heil, M., Rattke, J., & Boland, W. (2005). Postsecretory hydrolysis of nectar sucrose and specialization in ant/plant mutualism. Science (New York, N.Y.), 308(5721), 560–563.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Corder, R., Douthwaite, J. A., Lees, D. M., Khan, N. Q., Viseu Dos Santos, A. C., Wood, E. G., & Carrier, M. J. (2001). Endothelin-1 synthesis reduced by red wine. Nature, 414(6866), 863–864.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Saleh, S. A., & Rahman, M. A. (2010). An Introduction to Wavelet Modulated Inverters. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Pavone, P. (2008). Malattia coronarica: Fisiopatologia e diagnostica non invasiva con TC (M. Fioranelli, Ed.). Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Chen, Y., Holtman, C. K., Taton, A., & Golden, S. S. (2012). Functional Analysis of the Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 Genome. In R. Burnap & W. Vermaas (Eds.), Functional Genomics and Evolution of Photosynthetic Systems (pp. 119–137). Springer Netherlands.

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 International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation.

Blog post
Luntz, S. (2014, June 25). Pesticides Are Killing Far More Than Bees, Study Claims. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (1992). FTS 2000: Mandatory Use (IMTEC-92-33R). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ng, A. (2012). Exploring the perceptions of health care leaders: Colorectal cancer screening barriers among Chinese Canadian women [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Phoenix.

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
Sisario, B. (2017, September 19). Judge Reinstates Suit Over Rolling Stone Rape Article. New York Times, B2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (McDowell, 2011).
This sentence cites two references (McDowell, 2011; Touma & Sridhar, 2015).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Touma & Sridhar, 2015)
  • Three authors: (Heil et al., 2005)
  • 6 or more authors: (Corder et al., 2001)

About the journal

Full journal titleInternational Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation
ISSN (print)2165-0349
ISSN (online)2165-0357

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