How to format your references using the Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion. 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
Nadeau JH (2003) Genetics. Modifying the message. Science 301:927–928
A journal article with 2 authors
Fallani L, Inguscio M (2008) Physics. Controlling cold-atom conductivity. Science 322:1480–1481
A journal article with 3 authors
Kalka MB, Smith AR, Kalko EKV (2008) Bats limit arthropods and herbivory in a tropical forest. Science 320:71
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Fagiolini M, Fritschy J-M, Löw K, et al (2004) Specific GABAA circuits for visual cortical plasticity. Science 303:1681–1683

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Passarelli D (2012) Trading Options Greeks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Cortés P, Maeso-González E, Escudero-Santana A (2015) Enhancing Synergies in a Collaborative Environment. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Lane T (2014) When Actions Feel Alien—an Explanatory Model. In: Hung T-W (ed) Communicative Action: Selected Papers of the 2013 IEAS Conference on Language and Action. Springer, Singapore, pp 53–74

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 Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Tiny Beating Hearts Grown In The Lab. 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 (1983) [Suitability of the MUMPS Language for Government Agencies]. 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
Dillon M (2014) Active aging program for older adults with early stage dementia. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Greenhouse L (2007) Justices Reject Suit on Federal Money for Faith-Based Office. New York Times A18

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 Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion
ISSN (print)2198-4220
ISSN (online)2198-4239

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