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.J. Collins, Journal club. A bioengineer gets schooled by Escherichia coli, Nature. 460 (2009) 155.
A journal article with 2 authors
G.C. Hegerl, T. Russon, Climate change. Using the past to predict the future?, Science. 334 (2011) 1360–1361.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Goebel, M.R. Waters, D.H. O’Rourke, The late Pleistocene dispersal of modern humans in the Americas, Science. 319 (2008) 1497–1502.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C.-C. Wang, J.-C. Lee, S.-Y. Luo, S.S. Kulkarni, Y.-W. Huang, C.-C. Lee, K.-L. Chang, S.-C. Hung, Regioselective one-pot protection of carbohydrates, Nature. 446 (2007) 896–899.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Fernandes, Local and Regional Flaps in Head & Neck Reconstruction, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
M. van Kreveld, B. Speckmann, eds., Graph Drawing: 19th International Symposium, GD 2011, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, September 21-23, 2011, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Kerr, H. Li, Amenability, in: H. Li (Ed.), Ergodic Theory: Independence and Dichotomies, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 73–129.

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
B. Taub, Leading Theory About How Consciousness Works May Be Wrong, IFLScience. (2015).


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, U.S. Economic Aid for the West Bank and Gaza, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N.F. Scuderi, Servant leadership and transformational leadership in church organizations, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 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
M.J. de la MERCED, A Flat First Day For Blue Apron, New York Times. (2017) B4.

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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