How to format your references using the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids. 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
I. Taylor, Recession Watch: Learn to convince politicians, Nature. 457 (2009) 958–959.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Mogilner, G. Oster, Cell biology. Shrinking gels pull cells, Science. 302 (2003) 1340–1341.
A journal article with 3 authors
D.-Z. Ge, Y. Sheng, X. Cai, Combined staurosporine and retinoic acid induces differentiation in retinoic acid resistant acute promyelocytic leukemia cell lines, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4821.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L.S. Dubrovinsky, N.A. Dubrovinskaia, V. Swamy, J. Muscat, N.M. Harrison, R. Ahuja, B. Holm, B. Johansson, Materials science. The hardest known oxide, Nature. 410 (2001) 653–654.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A.E. McGrath, Luther’s Theology of the Cross, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2011.
An edited book
C.M. Scoffone, A. Hoznek, C.M. Cracco, eds., Supine Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy and ECIRS: The New Way of Interpreting PNL, Springer, Paris, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
A.S. Little, P.A. Gore, A. Darbar, C. Teo, Supraorbital Eyebrow Approach, in: P. Cappabianca, G. Iaconetta, L. Califano (Eds.), Cranial, Craniofacial and Skull Base Surgery, Springer, Milano, 2010: pp. 27–38.

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 Non-Crystalline Solids.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Photographer Captures Bee Peeing Mid-Flight, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Managing Technology: Best Practices Can Improve Performance and Produce Results, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T.J. RinconGallardo, The effect of the use of learning journals on the development of metacognition in undergraduate students, Doctoral dissertation, Capella 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
M.R. Gordon, In Mosul’s Endgame, Escape Proves Harrowing and Surrender Unlikely, New York Times. (2017) A4.

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 Non-Crystalline Solids
AbbreviationJ. Non Cryst. Solids
ISSN (print)0022-3093
ScopeCeramics and Composites
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Materials Chemistry
Condensed Matter Physics

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