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
G.J. Holland, Oceans. Predicting El Nino’s Impacts, Science. 325 (2009) 47.
A journal article with 2 authors
Y. Shaked, A. Rose, Microbiology. Seas of superoxide, Science. 340 (2013) 1176–1177.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Hirata, B.J. Klein, K.S. Murakami, The X-ray crystal structure of RNA polymerase from Archaea, Nature. 451 (2008) 851–854.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
I. Volkov, J.R. Banavar, S.P. Hubbell, A. Maritan, Neutral theory and relative species abundance in ecology, Nature. 424 (2003) 1035–1037.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P.J. Dewe, M.P. O’Driscoll, C.L. Cooper, Coping with Work Stress, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2010.
An edited book
Y. Shi, S. Wang, Y. Peng, J. Li, Y. Zeng, eds., Cutting-Edge Research Topics on Multiple Criteria Decision Making: 20th International Conference, MCDM 2009, Chengdu/Jiuzhaigou, China, June 21-26, 2009. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Anderson, Estimating Small-Area Income Deprivation: An Iterative Proportional Fitting Approach, in: R. Tanton, K. Edwards (Eds.), Spatial Microsimulation: A Reference Guide for Users, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013: pp. 49–67.

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
S. Luntz, Five Reasons Bats Really Are Scary, and One Why They Aren’t, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Surface Transportation: Regional Distribution of Federal Highway Funds, 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
K.R. Harris, The need for social workers in community clinic settings: A grant writing project, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
E. St. John Kelly, Teaching Doctors Sensitivity On the Most Sensitive of Exams, New York Times. (1998) F7.

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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