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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Nuclear 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
A.M. Penner, Social Science. Gender inequality in science, Science. 347 (2015) 234–235.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Tanaka, E. Sackmann, Polymer-supported membranes as models of the cell surface, Nature. 437 (2005) 656–663.
A journal article with 3 authors
I.B. Martini, E.R. Barthel, B.J. Schwartz, Optical control of electrons during electron transfer, Science. 293 (2001) 462–465.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Balthrop, S. Forrest, M.E.J. Newman, M.M. Williamson, Computer science. Technological networks and the spread of computer viruses, Science. 304 (2004) 527–529.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.L. Leibowitz, A. Bova, P.B. Hammond, The Endowment Model of Investing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
F. Giannotti, D. Pedreschi, eds., Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy: Geographic Knowledge Discovery, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Chalmers, Sites of Arterial Access and the Role of Closure Devices in Percutaneous Arterial Intervention, in: M.G. Cowling (Ed.), Vascular Interventional Radiology: Angioplasty, Stenting, Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007: pp. 21–28.

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 Nuclear Materials.

Blog post
T. Hale, Drones Are Delivering Blood And Vaccines Around The Clock In Rwanda, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Computers: Information on the Patent and Trademark Office Automation Program, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1985.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. Wolfenden, Factors predicting oncology care providers’ behavioral intention to adopt clinical decision support systems, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 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
M. Pilon, Hitting the Wall: For Marathon Charities, Numbers Are Slowing, New York Times. (2013) A1.

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 Nuclear Materials
AbbreviationJ. Nucl. Mater.
ISSN (print)0022-3115
ScopeNuclear Energy and Engineering
General Materials Science
Nuclear and High Energy Physics

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