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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids: X. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
C.N. Stewart Jr, Songwriting and science, Science. 349 (2015) 446.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Rizki, V. Lundblad, Defects in mismatch repair promote telomerase-independent proliferation, Nature. 411 (2001) 713–716.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Xuereb, H. Ulbricht, M. Paternostro, Optomechanical interface for probing matter-wave coherence, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 3378.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.H. Pan, E.W. Hudson, K.M. Lang, H. Eisaki, S. Uchida, J.C. Davis, Imaging the effects of individual zinc impurity atoms on superconductivity in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+delta, Nature. 403 (2000) 746–750.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.B. Malpass, E.I. Band, Introduction to Industrial Polypropylene, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
H. Lieberman, F. Paternò, V. Wulf, eds., End User Development, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Aseeva, B. Serkov, A. Sivenkov, The Ignition of Timber, in: B. Serkov, A. Sivenkov (Eds.), Fire Behavior and Fire Protection in Timber Buildings, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2014: pp. 89–117.

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: X.

Blog post
E. Andrew, We’re All Mammals – So Why Do We Look So Different?, 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, Federal Communications Commission: Narrowband Personal Communications Services and Competitive Bidding, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Johnson, Directed blogging with community college ESL students: Its effects on awareness of language acquisition processes, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 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
L. Greenhouse, Justices to Enter the Debate Over Lethal Injection, New York Times. (2007) A24.

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: X
ISSN (print)2590-1591

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