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
T.W. Schoener, The newest synthesis: understanding the interplay of evolutionary and ecological dynamics, Science. 331 (2011) 426–429.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Sato, A.J. Sievers, Direct observation of the discrete character of intrinsic localized modes in an antiferromagnet, Nature. 432 (2004) 486–488.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Gorzelak, E. Głuchowski, M.A. Salamon, Reassessing the improbability of a muscular crinoid stem, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6049.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
N. Katsanis, S.J. Ansley, J.L. Badano, E.R. Eichers, R.A. Lewis, B.E. Hoskins, P.J. Scambler, W.S. Davidson, P.L. Beales, J.R. Lupski, Triallelic inheritance in Bardet-Biedl syndrome, a Mendelian recessive disorder, Science. 293 (2001) 2256–2259.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.J. Fickelscherer, D.L. Chester, Optimal Automated Process Fault Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
M.A. Palmer, J.B. Zedler, D.A. Falk, eds., Foundations of Restoration Ecology, Island Press/Center for Resource Economics, Washington, DC, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Scheurich, W. Stuerzlinger, A One-Handed Multi-touch Method for 3D Rotations, in: P. Kotzé, G. Marsden, G. Lindgaard, J. Wesson, M. Winckler (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2013: 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2-6, 2013, Proceedings, Part I, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 56–69.

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
J. Fang, New Membrane Keeps Your Heart Beating, IFLScience. (2014).


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, Telecommunications: Issues Related to the Structure and Funding of Public Television, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V.L. Kay, A single mother and child welfare: A personal narrative, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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. Pilon, Long Security Lines Surprise Fans, New York Times. (2013) B11.

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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