How to format your references using the International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics. 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
H. Nicholls, Conservation biology: Wild at heart, Nature. 528 (2015) 474–475.
A journal article with 2 authors
L.A. O’Connell, H.A. Hofmann, Evolution of a vertebrate social decision-making network, Science. 336 (2012) 1154–1157.
A journal article with 3 authors
P.J. Wagner, M.A. Kosnik, S. Lidgard, Abundance distributions imply elevated complexity of post-Paleozoic marine ecosystems, Science. 314 (2006) 1289–1292.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P.R. Nielsen, D. Nietlispach, H.R. Mott, J. Callaghan, A. Bannister, T. Kouzarides, A.G. Murzin, N.V. Murzina, E.D. Laue, Structure of the HP1 chromodomain bound to histone H3 methylated at lysine 9, Nature. 416 (2002) 103–107.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.L. Horstmeyer, The Weather Almanac, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
E. Feron, ed., Advances in Control System Technology for Aerospace Applications, 1st ed. 2016, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
N.B.H. Ahmad, S.M. Shamsuddin, A. Abraham, Granular Mining of Student’s Learning Behavior in Learning Management System Using Rough Set Technique, in: F. Xhafa, S. Caballé, A. Abraham, T. Daradoumis, A.A. Juan Perez (Eds.), Computational Intelligence for Technology Enhanced Learning, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 99–124.

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 Non-Linear Mechanics.

Blog post
D. Andrew, From Nostrils To Crocodile Blood – Ten Surprising Places To Look For Antibiotics, IFLScience. (2016).


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, DFAS Telecommunications: DFAS Has the Opportunity To Reduce Its Telecommunication Line Capacity, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.J. Pecue, Utilizing Audiovisual Stimuli in the Classroom to Facilitate Pronunciation of French Stop Consonants, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
J. Wagner, Baseball; Mets’ Wright Has Another Operation, New York Times. (2017) B11.

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 Non-Linear Mechanics
AbbreviationInt. J. Non Linear Mech.
ISSN (print)0020-7462
ScopeMechanical Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
Applied Mathematics

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