How to format your references using the Mechatronics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Mechatronics. 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
[1]
Cebrian J. ECOLOGY. Energy flows in ecosystems. Science 2015;349:1053–4.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Taylor JRA, Kier WM. Switching skeletons: hydrostatic support in molting crabs. Science 2003;301:209–10.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Husale S, Persson HHJ, Sahin O. DNA nanomechanics allows direct digital detection of complementary DNA and microRNA targets. Nature 2009;462:1075–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Ren D, Labandeira CC, Santiago-Blay JA, Rasnitsyn A, Shih C, Bashkuev A, et al. A probable pollination mode before angiosperms: Eurasian, long-proboscid scorpionflies. Science 2009;326:840–7.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
McCall MW. Classical Mechanics. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2010.
An edited book
[1]
Kagan V. Sentiment Analysis for PTSD Signals. New York, NY: Springer; 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Taylor J. Emotional Sensations and the Moral Imagination in Malebranche. In: Lloyd HM, editor. The Discourse of Sensibility: The Knowing Body in the Enlightenment, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2013, p. 63–83.

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 Mechatronics.

Blog post
[1]
Carpineti A. NASA To Create The Coldest Place In Space. IFLScience 2017.

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Information Technology: An Audit Guide For Assessing Acquisition Risks. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Kuru IC. Time-Dependent Vehicle Routing and Assignment in No-Notice Evacuations. Doctoral dissertation. Southern Illinois University, 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
[1]
Brantley B. Theater; Three Sisters, Lots of Kvetching. New York Times 2017:AR3.

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 titleMechatronics
AbbreviationMechatronics (Oxf.)
ISSN (print)0957-4158
ScopeComputer Science Applications
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

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