How to format your references using the Journal of Alloys and Compounds citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Alloys and Compounds. 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.J. Binney, Astronomy. Triangulating the galaxy, Science. 311 (2006) 44–45.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. Pasare, R. Medzhitov, Toll pathway-dependent blockade of CD4+CD25+ T cell-mediated suppression by dendritic cells, Science. 299 (2003) 1033–1036.
A journal article with 3 authors
D.B. Lindenmayer, W.F. Laurance, J.F. Franklin, Ecology. Global decline in large old trees, Science. 338 (2012) 1305–1306.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.M. Fedoriw, P. Stein, P. Svoboda, R.M. Schultz, M.S. Bartolomei, Transgenic RNAi reveals essential function for CTCF in H19 gene imprinting, Science. 303 (2004) 238–240.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.P. Peca, Real Estate Development and Investment, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
An edited book
E. Marani, The Pelvis: Structure, Gender and Society, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Lemke, A.-R. Sadeghi, C. Stüble, Anti-theft Protection: Electronic Immobilizers, in: K. Lemke, C. Paar, M. Wolf (Eds.), Embedded Security in Cars: Securing Current and Future Automotive IT Applications, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006: pp. 51–67.

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 Journal of Alloys and Compounds.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Ebola Fighter And Hero Dies in Childbirth Due To Stigma Towards “Survivors,” IFLScience. (2017). (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, Highway Financing: Factors Affecting Highway Funding Fluctuations and Revenue Trends, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2002.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
W.O. Crosby, ATI v. Colorado: How the Commerce Clause Provides Guidance at the Confluence of Energy, Environmental, and Constitutional Law, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2013.

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. Kishkovsky, Russia Inaugurates Book Prize. It’s Big, New York Times. (2006) E1.

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 titleJournal of Alloys and Compounds
AbbreviationJ. Alloys Compd.
ISSN (print)0925-8388
ScopeMechanical Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
Materials Chemistry
Metals and Alloys

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