How to format your references using the Journal of Crystal Growth citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Crystal Growth. 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
G.A. Landis, Avatars in space, Nature. 403 (2000) 833.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.G. Gibson, J.C. Venter, Synthetic biology: Construction of a yeast chromosome, Nature. 509 (2014) 168–169.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Nakagome, S. Mano, M. Hasegawa, Comment on “Nuclear genomic sequences reveal that polar bears are an old and distinct bear lineage,” Science. 339 (2013) 1522.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Z.-T. Huang, Y.-F. Li, P.-K. Jiang, S.X. Chang, Z.-L. Song, J. Liu, G.-M. Zhou, Long-term intensive management increased carbon occluded in phytolith (PhytOC) in bamboo forest soils, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3602.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H.K. Baker, G.S. Martin, Capital Structure and Corporate Financing Decisions, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
P.V. Giannoudis, ed., Practical Procedures in Elective Orthopedic Surgery: Upper Extremity and Spine, Springer, London, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Sezgin, S. Özkan, Assessment of Information Technology Use in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Empirical Investigation in Five Cases, in: J. Devos, H. van Landeghem, D. Deschoolmeester (Eds.), Information Systems for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises: State of Art of IS Research in SMEs, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014: pp. 97–121.

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 Crystal Growth.

Blog post
T. Hale, Find Out How Much Big Pharma Drug Companies Are Paying Your Doctor, 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, [Comments on the Federal Communications Commission’s Implementation of Section 254(h) of the Communications Act of 1934], U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B.R. Baker, Schizophrenia-spectrum behavior and peer responses to individuals with social anhedonia, Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2012.

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
B. Kenigsberg, LA 92, New York Times. (2017) C9.

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 Crystal Growth
AbbreviationJ. Cryst. Growth
ISSN (print)0022-0248
ScopeInorganic Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Condensed Matter Physics

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