How to format your references using the Langmuir citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Langmuir. 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
Ranganathan, R. Cell Biology. A Matter of Life or Death. Science 2003, 299 (5613), 1677–1679.
A journal article with 2 authors
Scita, G.; Di Fiore, P. P. The Endocytic Matrix. Nature 2010, 463 (7280), 464–473.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mitchell, R. N.; Kilian, T. M.; Evans, D. A. D. Supercontinent Cycles and the Calculation of Absolute Palaeolongitude in Deep Time. Nature 2012, 482 (7384), 208–211.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Szakonyi, G.; Guthridge, J. M.; Li, D.; Young, K.; Holers, V. M.; Chen, X. S. Structure of Complement Receptor 2 in Complex with Its C3d Ligand. Science 2001, 292 (5522), 1725–1728.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geotechni; Laackmann, K.; Balthaus, H.; Braach, O.; Friebel, W.-D.; Hettler, A.; Maidl, B.; Meissner, M.; Schuck, W.; Schwaiger, S.; Stephan, D.; Thewes, M.; Wittke-Schmitt, B. Taschenbuch Für Den Tunnelbau 2015; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, Germany, 2015.
An edited book
Pediatric Airway Surgery: Management of Laryngotracheal Stenosis in Infants and Children; Monnier, P., Ed.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Day, A. P. Spherical Kikuchi Maps and Other Rarities. In Electron Backscatter Diffraction in Materials Science; Schwartz, A. J., Kumar, M., Adams, B. L., Field, D. P., Eds.; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2009; pp 65–80.

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 Langmuir.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. First Payout For Fukushima Worker Who Developed Cancer After The Disaster (accessed Oct 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. Older Adults: Federal Strategy Needed to Help Ensure Efficient and Effective Delivery of Home and Community-Based Services and Supports; GAO-15-190; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Vento, K. A. The Effects of Progressive Muscle Relaxation on the Subjective Well-Being of Collegiate Athletes. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 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
(nyt), S. K. World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Ex-Premier’s Real Estate Deal Investigated. New York Times. July 12, 2005, p A12.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleLangmuir
ISSN (print)0743-7463
ISSN (online)1520-5827
General Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics
Surfaces and Interfaces

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