How to format your references using the International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials. 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
D. Butler, Europe agrees to boost Internet networks used by researchers, Nature. 405 (2000) 261–262.
A journal article with 2 authors
L.C. Moyle, T. Nakazato, Hybrid incompatibility “snowballs” between Solanum species, Science. 329 (2010) 1521–1523.
A journal article with 3 authors
A.P. Kusumbe, S.K. Ramasamy, R.H. Adams, Coupling of angiogenesis and osteogenesis by a specific vessel subtype in bone, Nature. 507 (2014) 323–328.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R. Verma, L. Aravind, R. Oania, W.H. McDonald, J.R. Yates 3rd, E.V. Koonin, R.J. Deshaies, Role of Rpn11 metalloprotease in deubiquitination and degradation by the 26S proteasome, Science. 298 (2002) 611–615.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
V. Mackevičius, Integral and Measure, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
G. Baghdasaryan, Effects of Magnetoelastic Interactions in Conductive Plates and Shells, 1st ed. 2016, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
A.L. Terrill, J.P. Garofalo, Cardiovascular Disease and the Workplace, in: R.J. Gatchel, I.Z. Schultz (Eds.), Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2012: pp. 87–103.

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 Refractory Metals and Hard Materials.

Blog post
J. Davis, Male Spider Mutilates Females’ Genitalia To Prevent Her From Mating Ever Again, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Safeguarding Taxpayer Information: An Evaluation of the Proposed Computerized Tax Administration System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
G. Othmanawny, Soaked and Unsoaked Performance of Crushed Gravel and Limestone Aggregates, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, 2017.

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.C. Markowitz, There’s Such a Thing as Too Much Neuroscience, New York Times. (2016) A21.

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 Refractory Metals and Hard Materials
AbbreviationInt. J. Refract. Hard Met.
ISSN (print)0263-4368
ScopeMetals and Alloys

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