How to format your references using the Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing. 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
D.A. Weitz, Materials science. Unjamming a polymer glass, Science. 323 (2009) 214–215.
A journal article with 2 authors
D. Mohnen, M.L. Tierney, Plant science. Plants get Hyp to O-glycosylation, Science. 332 (2011) 1393–1394.
A journal article with 3 authors
D.E. Moser, R.M. Flowers, R.J. Hart, Birth of the Kaapvaal tectosphere 3.08 billion years ago, Science. 291 (2001) 465–468.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K.L. Conrad, K.Y. Tseng, J.L. Uejima, J.M. Reimers, L.-J. Heng, Y. Shaham, M. Marinelli, M.E. Wolf, Formation of accumbens GluR2-lacking AMPA receptors mediates incubation of cocaine craving, Nature. 454 (2008) 118–121.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Ellis, Language Teaching Research and Language Pedagogy, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
S.F. Ng, ed., Cases of Mathematics Professional Development in East Asian Countries: Using Video to Support Grounded Analysis, Springer, Singapore, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
L.T. Gomes, L.C. de Barros, B. Bede, Fuzzy Differential Equations, in: L.C. de Barros, B. Bede (Eds.), Fuzzy Differential Equations in Various Approaches, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 69–113.

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 Science in Semiconductor Processing.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Snake Found In Bottled Water, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Direct Student Loans: Overpayments During the Department of Education’s Conversion to a New Payment System, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
G. Surges, Generative Audio Systems: Musical Applications of Time-Varying Feedback Networks and Computational Aesthetics, Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego, 2015.

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
M.D. Shear, An Obscure Law Unravels Obama’s Legacy, One Rule at a Time, New York Times. (2017) A1.

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 Science in Semiconductor Processing
AbbreviationMater. Sci. Semicond. Process.
ISSN (print)1369-8001
ScopeMechanical Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
General Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics

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