How to format your references using the Journal of Separation Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Separation Science. 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
Martienssen, R., Molecular biology. Small RNA makes its move. Science 2010, 328, 834–835.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cox, C. M., Chao, B. F., Detection of a large-scale mass redistribution in the terrestrial system since 1998. Science 2002, 297, 831–833.
A journal article with 3 authors
London, A. J., Parker, L. S., Aronson, J. D., Public health. DNA identification after conflict or disaster. Science 2013, 341, 1178–1179.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Yang, J. W., Chandler, C., Stadler, M., Kampen, D., List, B., Proline-catalysed Mannich reactions of acetaldehyde. Nature 2008, 452, 453–455.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Smith, I. M., Griffiths, D. V., Margetts, L., Programming the Finite Element Method. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK 2015.
An edited book
Constanda, C., Pérez, M. E. (Eds.), Integral Methods in Science and Engineering, Volume 2: Computational Aspects. Birkhäuser, Boston, MA 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Recker, J., Safrudin, N., Rosemann, M., in: Hull, R., Mendling, J., Tai, S. (Eds.), Business Process Management: 8th International Conference, BPM 2010, Hoboken, NJ, USA, September 13-16, 2010. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 2010, pp. 29–44.

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 Separation Science.

Blog post
Andrew, E., Scientists May Have Found Red Blood Cells In 75-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Fossil, (last time 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, Submarine Technology: Transition Plans Needed to Realize Gains From DOD Advanced Research. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Sripinit, T., How Much Do We Understand About Asymmetric Effects of Monetary Policy?, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 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
Saulny, S., Club’s Owner And 2 Others Arrested in Raid. New York Times 2004, B1.

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 Separation Science
AbbreviationJ. Sep. Sci.
ISSN (print)1615-9306
ISSN (online)1615-9314
ScopeFiltration and Separation
Analytical Chemistry

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