How to format your references using the Journal of Colloid And Interface Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Colloid And Interface Science. 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
P. Xu, Eppendorf 2005 winner. A Drosophila OBP required for pheromone signaling, Science. 310 (2005) 798–799.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.T. Trauger, W.A. Traub, A laboratory demonstration of the capability to image an Earth-like extrasolar planet, Nature. 446 (2007) 771–773.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Rees, B. Koppelman, N. Davison, Scientific steps to nuclear disarmament, Nature. 465 (2010) 290–291.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Selmer, C.M. Dunham, F.V. Murphy 4th, A. Weixlbaumer, S. Petry, A.C. Kelley, J.R. Weir, V. Ramakrishnan, Structure of the 70S ribosome complexed with mRNA and tRNA, Science. 313 (2006) 1935–1942.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. Hurst, Primary Care Trust Workforce Planning and Development, Whurr Publishers Ltd, Philadelphia, PA, USA, 2008.
An edited book
V.K. Kool, Psychology of Technology, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Krack, L.P. Scheidt, J. Wallaschek, A Framework for the Computational Dynamic Analysis of Coupled Structures Using Nonlinear Modes, in: G. Kerschen (Ed.), Nonlinear Dynamics, Volume 2: Proceedings of the 32nd IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2014, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014: pp. 45–53.

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 Colloid And Interface Science.

Blog post
K. Evans, Male Contraceptive Gel Proves 100% Successful In Monkey Trials, 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, Customs Automation: Internal Control Weaknesses in Customs’ Revenue Collection Process, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Savvas, Hydroclimate variability and landuse effects on nutrient export from watersheds in the mid-Atlantic United States, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 2010.

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. Gorman, Naked Mole Rats Survive Without Oxygen, New York Times. (2017) D3.

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 Colloid And Interface Science
AbbreviationJ. Colloid Interface Sci.
ISSN (print)0021-9797
ScopeColloid and Surface Chemistry
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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