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
Koshland, D. E., Jr, Special essay. The seven pillars of life. Science 2002, 295, 2215–2216.
A journal article with 2 authors
Engel, H.-A., Loss, D., Fermionic bell-state analyzer for spin qubits. Science 2005, 309, 586–588.
A journal article with 3 authors
Allison, K. R., Brynildsen, M. P., Collins, J. J., Metabolite-enabled eradication of bacterial persisters by aminoglycosides. Nature 2011, 473, 216–220.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Rooney, H. C. E., Van’t Klooster, J. W., van der Hoorn, R. A. L., Joosten, M. H. A. J., Jones, J. D. G., de Wit, P. J. G. M., Cladosporium Avr2 inhibits tomato Rcr3 protease required for Cf-2-dependent disease resistance. Science 2005, 308, 1783–1786.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Rahman, R. O. A., Rakhimov, R. Z., Rakhimova, N. R., Ojovan, M. I., Cementitious Materials for Nuclear Waste Immobilization. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK 2014.
An edited book
Ramasubramanian, K., Tantrasaṅgraha of Nīlakaṇṭha Somayājī. Springer, London 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Isidoro, C., Fachada, N., Barata, F., Rosa, A., in: Lopes, L. S., Lau, N., Mariano, P., Rocha, L. M. (Eds.), Progress in Artificial Intelligence: 14th Portuguese Conference on Artificial Intelligence, EPIA 2009, Aveiro, Portugal, October 12-15, 2009. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 2009, pp. 53–64.

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., Temporal Invisibility Cloak For Fiber Optic Communications Developed, (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, Intellectual Property: Federal Enforcement Has Generally Increased, but Assessing Performance Could Strengthen Law Enforcement Efforts. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Wen, J., Moving Office Document Processing into the Cloud, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
Faludi, S., How Hillary Clinton Met Satan. New York Times 2016, SR5.

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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