How to format your references using the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. 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
J. Finkelstein, Metalloproteins, Nature. 460 (2009) 813.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Reineke, M.A. Baldo, Room temperature triplet state spectroscopy of organic semiconductors, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3797.
A journal article with 3 authors
L. Chu, K.-J. Xiao, J.-Q. Yu, Room-temperature enantioselective C-H iodination via kinetic resolution, Science. 346 (2014) 451–455.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D.M. Lambert, P.A. Ritchie, C.D. Millar, B. Holland, A.J. Drummond, C. Baroni, Rates of evolution in ancient DNA from Adélie penguins, Science. 295 (2002) 2270–2273.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E. Souza de Cursi, Variational Methods for Engineers with Matlab®, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
C. Stein, ed., Analgesia, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Bellin-Mularski, D.-K. Mah, D. Ifenthaler, Pre-Service Teachers’ Perceptions of School Development, in: J.M. Spector, D. Ifenthaler, D.G. Sampson, P. Isaias (Eds.), Competencies in Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership in the Digital Age: Papers from CELDA 2014, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 57–76.

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 Heat and Mass Transfer.

Blog post
T. Hale, Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads When We Talk To Them?, IFLScience. (2015).


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
S. Cruz, Keeping families together: A grant proposal, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2014.

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. Antilla, Decades After Suit, Wall St. Bias Persists for Women, New York Times. (2016) B1.

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 titleInternational Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer
AbbreviationInt. J. Heat Mass Transf.
ISSN (print)0017-9310
ScopeFluid Flow and Transfer Processes
Mechanical Engineering
Condensed Matter Physics

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