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. Smaglik, Brain storm, Nature. 450 (2007) 130–131.
A journal article with 2 authors
W.L. Kath, J.M. Ottino, Chemistry. Rhythm engineering, Science. 316 (2007) 1857–1858.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Maret, E.A. Bergin, C.J. Lada, A low fraction of nitrogen in molecular form in a dark cloud, Nature. 442 (2006) 425–427.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D. Tian, M.B. Traw, J.Q. Chen, M. Kreitman, J. Bergelson, Fitness costs of R-gene-mediated resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana, Nature. 423 (2003) 74–77.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S. Nomura, Micromechanics with Mathematica, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
M. Vázquez, Ultraviolet Radiation in the Solar System, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
Y. Ma, Q. Deng, X. Wang, J. Liu, H. Zhang, Keyword-Based Semantic Analysis of Microblog for Public Opinion Study in Online Collective Behaviors, in: Y. Chen, W.-T. Balke, J. Xu, W. Xu, P. Jin, X. Lin, T. Tang, E. Hwang (Eds.), Web-Age Information Management: WAIM 2014 International Workshops: BigEM, HardBD, DaNoS, HRSUNE, BIDASYS, Macau, China, June 16-18, 2014, Revised Selected Papers, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014: pp. 44–55.

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. Davis, Russia Plans To Cull 100,000 Reindeer To Prevent Spread Of “Zombie” Anthrax, 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, NASA Certification of Funds, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Y. Zhao, Studies on Error Control of 3-D Zerotree Wavelet Video Streaming, Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, 2005.

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
S. Hollander, Princeton’s Atkinson Won’t Let Injuries Stop Him, New York Times. (2002) 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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