How to format your references using the Journal of Electronic Materials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Electronic Materials. 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
1. H. Gomez, Nature 511, 296 (2014).
A journal article with 2 authors
1. R. M. Cook-Deegan and S. J. McCormack, Science 293, 217 (2001).
A journal article with 3 authors
1. L. Zhang, X. Zeng, and X. Wang, Sci. Rep. 3, 3162 (2013).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. S. L. Nedelec, A. N. Radford, S. D. Simpson, B. Nedelec, D. Lecchini, and S. C. Mills, Sci. Rep. 4, 5891 (2014).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. D. Estampe, Supply Chain Performance and Evaluation Models (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014).
An edited book
1. S. H. H. Kachapi, Dynamics and Vibrations: Progress in Nonlinear Analysis (Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2014).
A chapter in an edited book
1. C. O. Delang and W. M. Li, in Ecological Succession on Fallowed Shifting Cultivation Fields: A Review of the Literature, edited by W. M. Li (Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013), pp. 91–122.

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 Electronic Materials.

Blog post
1. R. Andrews, 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
1. Government Accountability Office, Agricultural Attache Role Overseas: What He Does and How He Can Be More Effective for the United States (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1975).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. J. R. Raines, Exploring Differences in Teacher Attitudes and Instructional Strategies between Traditional and Block Schedule High Schools: A Comparison of Two Large Schools, Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood 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
1. S. K. C. by L. Van Gelder, New York Times E2 (2005).

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 Electronic Materials
AbbreviationJ. Electron. Mater.
ISSN (print)0361-5235
ISSN (online)1543-186X
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Materials Chemistry
Condensed Matter Physics

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