How to format your references using the Journal of the Franklin Institute citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the Franklin Institute. 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
C. Astin, Helping young scientists to speak for themselves, Nature. 460 (2009) 683.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. Barbraud, H. Weimerskirch, Emperor penguins and climate change, Nature. 411 (2001) 183–186.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.L. Dangl, D.M. Horvath, B.J. Staskawicz, Pivoting the plant immune system from dissection to deployment, Science. 341 (2013) 746–751.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Kubanek, M. Koch, C. Sames, A. Ourjoumtsev, P.W.H. Pinkse, K. Murr, G. Rempe, Photon-by-photon feedback control of a single-atom trajectory, Nature. 462 (2009) 898–901.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.L. Brauer, Safety and Health for Engineers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
M. Ochs, Radionuclide and Metal Sorption on Cement and Concrete, 1st ed. 2016, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
N. Cameron, S. Drossopoulou, J. Noble, Understanding Ownership Types with Dependent Types, in: D. Clarke, J. Noble, T. Wrigstad (Eds.), Aliasing in Object-Oriented Programming. Types, Analysis and Verification, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 84–108.

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 the Franklin Institute.

Blog post
T. Hale, Bronze Dildos And Jade Butt Plugs Show Life And Death In Ancient China, IFLScience. (2017).


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, Traffic Safety Data: State Data System Quality Varies and Limited Resources and Coordination Can Inhibit Further Progress, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2010.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Y. Aguerrebere, Case study of home-school visits, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2009.

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
D. Cardwell, J. Schwartz, Exxon’s Accounting of Its Emissions Costs ‘May Be a Sham,’ New York State Says, New York Times. (2017) B6.

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 the Franklin Institute
AbbreviationJ. Franklin Inst.
ISSN (print)0016-0032
ScopeComputer Networks and Communications
Signal Processing
Control and Systems Engineering
Applied Mathematics

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