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
J.N. O’Shea, Applied physics. Enhanced: molecular orbitals tell the story, Science. 310 (2005) 453–454.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. Gascon, M.L. Smith, Ecology. Where rivers meet, Science. 305 (2004) 1922–1923.
A journal article with 3 authors
D.P. Jackson, P.W. Laws, S.V. Franklin, IBI series winner. An inquiry-based curriculum for nonmajors, Science. 335 (2012) 418–419.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D.K. Fogg, C. Sibon, C. Miled, S. Jung, P. Aucouturier, D.R. Littman, A. Cumano, F. Geissmann, A clonogenic bone marrow progenitor specific for macrophages and dendritic cells, Science. 311 (2006) 83–87.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Samuels, The Trader’s Pendulum, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
W.K.D. Davies, ed., Theme Cities: Solutions for Urban Problems, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
V. Zografos, A. Valentinitsch, M. Rempfler, F. Tombari, B. Menze, Hierarchical Multi-Organ Segmentation Without Registration in 3D Abdominal CT Images, in: B. Menze, G. Langs, A. Montillo, M. Kelm, H. Müller, S. Zhang, W. Cai, D. Metaxas (Eds.), Medical Computer Vision: Algorithms for Big Data: International Workshop, MCV 2015, Held in Conjunction with MICCAI 2015, Munich, Germany, October 9, 2015, Revised Selected Papers, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 37–46.

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
T. Hale, This Is What Performance-Enhancing Drugs Do To Your Body And Mind, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Environmental Protection: Solving NASA’s Current Problems Requires Agencywide Emphasis, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1991.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Milner, An evaluation of the influence of case method instruction on the reflective thinking of MSW students, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 2009.

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
M.J.O. Murphy, ‘Friday File’: The Whitney’s 1966 Debut (Now the Met Breuer), New York Times. (2016) C26.

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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