How to format your references using the Materials & Design citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Materials & Design. 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
F. Kaplan, An alien concept, Nature. 461 (2009) 345–346.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.E. Hibbs, E. Gouaux, Principles of activation and permeation in an anion-selective Cys-loop receptor, Nature. 474 (2011) 54–60.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.C. Paniello, J.M.D. Day, F. Moynier, Zinc isotopic evidence for the origin of the Moon, Nature. 490 (2012) 376–379.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C. Rausch, P. Daram, S. Brunner, J. Jansa, M. Laloi, G. Leggewie, N. Amrhein, M. Bucher, A phosphate transporter expressed in arbuscule-containing cells in potato, Nature. 414 (2001) 462–470.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.F. Taber, Organic Synthesis: State of the 2005-2007, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2008.
An edited book
J.C. Lin, ed., Advances in Electromagnetic Fields in Living Systems: Volume 5, Health Effects of Cell Phone Radiation, Springer, New York, NY, 2009.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Chruszcz-Lipska, E.W. Blanch, Raman Optical Activity of Biological Samples, in: M. Baranska (Ed.), Optical Spectroscopy and Computational Methods in Biology and Medicine, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2014: pp. 61–81.

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 Materials & Design.

Blog post
S. Luntz, Ancient Populations Migrated Frequently, Mixing Up DNA, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Transportation and Telecommunications Reports and Testimony: May 1992 - April 1993, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R.W. Lintott, The manipulation of time perception in John Adams’s “Doctor Atomic,” Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2010.

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
L. Greenhouse, Justices Uphold State Rules In Decision on Dam Licenses, New York Times. (2006) A18.

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 titleMaterials & Design
AbbreviationMater. Des.
ISSN (print)0264-1275
ScopeMechanical Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
General Materials Science

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