How to format your references using the Journal of Solid State Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Solid State Chemistry. 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
H. Brody, Beauty, Nature. 526 (2015) S1.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Frank, R.K. Agrawal, A ratchet-like inter-subunit reorganization of the ribosome during translocation, Nature. 406 (2000) 318–322.
A journal article with 3 authors
L. Xu, X.-Q. Li, Q.-F. Sun, Revisit the spin-FET: multiple reflection, inelastic scattering, and lateral size effects, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7527.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.R. Delgado, A. Schotter, E.Y. Ozbay, E.A. Phelps, Understanding overbidding: using the neural circuitry of reward to design economic auctions, Science. 321 (2008) 1849–1852.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
S.H. Voldman, ESD, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, United Kingdom, 2014.
An edited book
N.N. Singh, ed., Handbook of Evidence-Based Practices in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Galarreta, A Contribution to a Semiotic Approach of Risk Management, in: P.-J. Charrel, D. Galarreta (Eds.), Project Management and Risk Management in Complex Projects: Studies in Organizational Semiotics, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2007: pp. 65–88.

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 Solid State Chemistry.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Genetic Studies Reveal Diversity Of Early Human Populations – And Pin Down When We Left Africa, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Indian Education in the Public School System Needs More Direction from the Congress, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. Lee, Assessing the Well-Being Koreans and Korean Americans: Psychometric Validation Study for a Multidimensional Assessment of Well-Being, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2017.

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
J. Wagner, Bruce Limps Off, and the Mets Crumble, New York Times. (2016) B13.

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 Solid State Chemistry
AbbreviationJ. Solid State Chem.
ISSN (print)0022-4596
ScopeInorganic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Ceramics and Composites
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Materials Chemistry
Condensed Matter Physics

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