How to format your references using the Materials Research Bulletin citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Materials Research Bulletin. 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
L. Gamwell, Perceptions of science. Beyond the visible--microscopy, nature, and art, Science. 299 (2003) 49–50.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.J. Benkovic, S. Hammes-Schiffer, Biochemistry. Enzyme motions inside and out, Science. 312 (2006) 208–209.
A journal article with 3 authors
K.E. Keller, I.S. Tan, Y.-S. Lee, SAICAR stimulates pyruvate kinase isoform M2 and promotes cancer cell survival in glucose-limited conditions, Science. 338 (2012) 1069–1072.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
N. Akamatsu, W. Tashiro, K. Saito, J.-I. Mamiya, M. Kinoshita, T. Ikeda, J. Takeya, S. Fujikawa, A. Priimagi, A. Shishido, Facile strain analysis of largely bending films by a surface-labelled grating method, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5377.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Raeburn, Greek Tragedies as Plays for Performance, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
S.C. Mukhopadhyay, O.A. Postolache, eds., Pervasive and Mobile Sensing and Computing for Healthcare: Technological and Social Issues, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
V. Sabouri, P. Femenías, Two Case Studies in Energy Efficient Renovation of Multi-family Housing; Explaining Robustness as a Characteristic to Assess Long-Term Sustainability, in: A. Hakansson, M. Höjer, R.J. Howlett, L.C. Jain (Eds.), Sustainability in Energy and Buildings: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB´12), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 45–57.

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 Research Bulletin.

Blog post
J. Felton, Florida Man’s Attempt To Kiss Rattlesnake Goes Horribly Wrong, 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, Government Performance and Results Act: Information on FAA’s Science Activities in DOT’s Performance Report for Fiscal Year 1999, Performance Plan for FY 2001, and July 2000 Draft Strategic Plan, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.L. Waugh, From forgotten to remembered: The long process of school desegregation in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Prince Edward County, Virginia, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 2012.

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
K. Crow, Lake Placid It Isn’t: Ferries’ Wakes Stir Up a Fuss, New York Times. (2003) 145.

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 Research Bulletin
AbbreviationMater. Res. Bull.
ISSN (print)0025-5408
ScopeMechanical Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
General Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics

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