How to format your references using the Iranian Polymer Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Iranian Polymer Journal. 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
Famulok M (2004) Molecular biology. RNAs turn on in tandem. Science 306:233–234
A journal article with 2 authors
Knauth LP, Kennedy MJ (2009) The late Precambrian greening of the Earth. Nature 460:728–732
A journal article with 3 authors
Lohse D, Schmitz B, Versluis M (2001) Snapping shrimp make flashing bubbles. Nature 413:477–478
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Zhou W, Kuebler SM, Braun KL, et al (2002) An efficient two-photon-generated photoacid applied to positive-tone 3D microfabrication. Science 296:1106–1109

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Mitra A (2008) Fundamentals of Quality Control and Improvement. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Shindé SL, Goela JS (2006) High Thermal Conductivity Materials. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Chou YH, Bai CY, Ger MD, et al (2007) The Structure and Properties of Electroless Ni-P and Ni-Mo-P Deposits. In: Hinduja S, Fan K-C (eds) Proceedings of the 35th International MATADOR Conference: Formerly The International Machine Tool Design and Research Conference. Springer, London, pp 21–24

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 Iranian Polymer Journal.

Blog post
Hale T (2016) Washing Your Clothes Can Release Up To 700,000 Microplastic Particles Into The Environment. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1990) Customs Automation: Weakness in Revenue Collection at John F. Kennedy International Airport. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Ko T-CT (2008) The ALISA delta(CRC) classifier for natural surfaces: Viewpoint-invariant and illumination-invariant classification of natural surfaces using general-purpose color and texture features with the ALISA delta(CRC) classifier. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University

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
Hollander S (2001) MORE 65-M.P.H. ZONES. New York Times 14NJ6

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 titleIranian Polymer Journal
AbbreviationIran. Polym. J.
ISSN (print)1026-1265
ISSN (online)1735-5265
ScopeGeneral Chemical Engineering
Materials Chemistry
Polymers and Plastics

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