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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Hazardous 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
P. Smaglik, Talent tug-of-war, Nature. 417 (2002) 3.
A journal article with 2 authors
G. Pereira, E. Schiebel, Separase regulates INCENP-Aurora B anaphase spindle function through Cdc14, Science. 302 (2003) 2120–2124.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. Rappuoli, H.I. Miller, S. Falkow, Medicine. The intangible value of vaccination, Science. 297 (2002) 937–939.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. Spillane, K.J. Schmid, S. Laoueillé-Duprat, S. Pien, J.-M. Escobar-Restrepo, C. Baroux, V. Gagliardini, D.R. Page, K.H. Wolfe, U. Grossniklaus, Positive darwinian selection at the imprinted MEDEA locus in plants, Nature. 448 (2007) 349–352.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G. Kharmanda, A. El Hami, Reliability in Biomechanics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
R. Trobec, M. Vajteršic, P. Zinterhof, eds., Parallel Computing: Numerics, Applications, and Trends, 1st ed., Springer, London, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
E. Neri, S. Mazziotti, Altre applicazioni della TC Dentascan, in: S. Mazziotti (Ed.), Il Dentascan, Springer, Milano, 2012: pp. 33–43.

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 Hazardous Materials.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Nest Architecture Determines Ants’ Capacity To Forage Collectively, 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
Government Accountability Office, Job Training Partnership Act: Participants, Services, and Outcomes, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
O. Garibay, Towards a hybrid approach to mariachi education - Bridging the gap between formal and informal transmission of musical culture, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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.M. Chapman, Packard, 81, Is a Youngster to Its Driver, New York Times. (2011) AU1.

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 Hazardous Materials
AbbreviationJ. Hazard. Mater.
ISSN (print)0304-3894
ScopeEnvironmental Chemistry
Environmental Engineering
Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
Waste Management and Disposal

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