How to format your references using the Materials Discovery citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Materials Discovery. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
R.M. Stratt, Chemistry. Nonlinear thinking about molecular energy transfer, Science. 321 (2008) 1789–1790.
A journal article with 2 authors
D. Gunlycke, P.E. Sheehan, Materials science. Local peeling of graphene, Science. 331 (2011) 1146–1147.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.L. Piscitelli, H. Krishnamurthy, E. Gouaux, Neurotransmitter/sodium symporter orthologue LeuT has a single high-affinity substrate site, Nature. 468 (2010) 1129–1132.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G. Piazzesi, M. Reconditi, M. Linari, L. Lucii, Y.-B. Sun, T. Narayanan, P. Boesecke, V. Lombardi, M. Irving, Mechanism of force generation by myosin heads in skeletal muscle, Nature. 415 (2002) 659–662.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E.J. Daubert, The Annual Campaign, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
An edited book
A. Wanninger, ed., Evolutionary Developmental Biology of Invertebrates 1: Introduction, Non-Bilateria, Acoelomorpha, Xenoturbellida, Chaetognatha, 1st ed. 2015, Springer, Vienna, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Fairbairn, Strongly Real Beauville Groups, in: I. Bauer, S. Garion, A. Vdovina (Eds.), Beauville Surfaces and Groups, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 41–61.

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 Discovery.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Scientists Develop Beer That Doesn’t Give You A Hangover, IFLScience. (2013). (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, Use of Department of Education Title III Grant Funds by the International Institute of the Americas of World University, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1984.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N. Abuzainab, Energy and security aspects of wireless networks: Performance and tradeoffs, Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2013.

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.R. Oestreich, A Conductor Celebrates Monteverdi’s 450th, New York Times. (2017) C2.

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 Discovery
ISSN (print)2352-9245

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