How to format your references using the Journal of Applied Water Engineering and Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Applied Water Engineering and Research. 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
Pain E. 2007. Science careers. European programs offer translational training. Science. 317(5840):968–969.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zhang Y, Hayes JD. 2013. The membrane-topogenic vectorial behaviour of Nrf1 controls its post-translational modification and transactivation activity. Sci Rep. 3:2006.
A journal article with 3 authors
Russo R, Herrmann HJ, de Arcangelis L. 2014. Brain modularity controls the critical behavior of spontaneous activity. Sci Rep. 4:4312.
A journal article with 12 or more authors
Zhang H-P, Wu Y, Liu J, Jiang J, Geng X-R, Yang G, Mo L, Liu Z-Q, Liu Z-G, Yang P-C. 2013. TSP1-producing B cells show immune regulatory property and suppress allergy-related mucosal inflammation. Sci Rep. 3:3345.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wesley LD. 2010. Geotechnical Engineering in Residual Soils. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Futatsugi K, Jouannaud J-P, Meseguer J, editors. 2006. Algebra, Meaning, and Computation: Essays dedicated to Joseph A. Goguen on the Occasion of His 65th Birthday. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Varekamp JC. 2015. The Chemical Composition and Evolution of Volcanic Lakes. In: Rouwet D, Christenson B, Tassi F, Vandemeulebrouck J, editors. Volcanic Lakes. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; p. 93–123.

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 Applied Water Engineering and Research.

Blog post
O`Callaghan J. 2016. A Global Dust Storm Might Cover Mars In A Matter Of Weeks. IFLScience [Internet]. [accessed 2018 Oct 30].


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. 2010. Space Acquisitions: Challenges in Commercializing Technologies Developed under the Small Business Innovation Research Program. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kim S-C. 2008. Defiant institutionalization: Democratization and social movements in South Korea, 1984–2002 [Doctoral dissertation]. New York, NY: Columbia 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
Williams ME. 2014. Heal Thyself. New York Times.:BR10.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Pain 2007).
This sentence cites two references (Pain 2007; Zhang and Hayes 2013).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Zhang and Hayes 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Zhang et al. 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Applied Water Engineering and Research
ISSN (online)2324-9676

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