How to format your references using the Journal of Energy Resources Technology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Energy Resources Technology. 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
Palmer, T., 2014, “Atmospheric Science. Record-Breaking Winters and Global Climate Change,” Science, 344(6186), pp. 803–804.
A journal article with 2 authors
Yang, H.-I., and Zeng, F.-G., 2013, “Reduced Acoustic and Electric Integration in Concurrent-Vowel Recognition,” Sci. Rep., 3, p. 1419.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lemieux, C., Otis, C., and Turmel, M., 2000, “Ancestral Chloroplast Genome in Mesostigma Viride Reveals an Early Branch of Green Plant Evolution,” Nature, 403(6770), pp. 649–652.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
LeMieux, M. C., Roberts, M., Barman, S., Jin, Y. W., Kim, J. M., and Bao, Z., 2008, “Self-Sorted, Aligned Nanotube Networks for Thin-Film Transistors,” Science, 321(5885), pp. 101–104.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gupta, K. M., and Gupta, N., 2015, Advanced Electrical and Electronics Materials, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
van Ham, M., Manley, D., Bailey, N., Simpson, L., and Maclennan, D., eds., 2012, Neighbourhood Effects Research: New Perspectives, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht.
A chapter in an edited book
Maggi, F., and Bendinelli, M., 2009, “Immunobiology of the Torque Teno Viruses and Other Anelloviruses,” TT Viruses: The Still Elusive Human Pathogens, E.-M. de Villiers, and H.Z. Hausen, eds., Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 65–90.

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 Energy Resources Technology.

Blog post
Andrew, E., 2014, “Born This Way? An Evolutionary View of ‘Gay Genes,’” IFLScience.


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, 1995, Amtrak: Deteriorated Financial and Operating Conditions, T-RCED-95-90, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Li, L., 2012, “Internal Conflicts through External Design: Costuming the Contradictions in ‘The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer,’” Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach.

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
Wagner, J., 2016, “Patchwork Mets Give Their Playoff Hopes a Boost,” New York Times, p. 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 Energy Resources Technology
AbbreviationJ. Energy Resour. Technol.
ISSN (print)0195-0738
ISSN (online)1528-8994
ScopeGeochemistry and Petrology
Energy Engineering and Power Technology
Fuel Technology
Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Mechanical Engineering

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