How to format your references using the Metamaterials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Metamaterials. 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
A.K. Soper, Thermodynamics. Water and ice, Science. 297 (2002) 1288–1289.
A journal article with 2 authors
I.M. Young, J.W. Crawford, Interactions and self-organization in the soil-microbe complex, Science. 304 (2004) 1634–1637.
A journal article with 3 authors
L.J. Gaydos, W. Wang, S. Strome, Gene repression. H3K27me and PRC2 transmit a memory of repression across generations and during development, Science. 345 (2014) 1515–1518.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D.V. Fairclough, J.I. Brown, B.J. Carlish, B.M. Crisafulli, I.S. Keay, Breathing life into fisheries stock assessments with citizen science, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7249.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W. Ruske, Verlag Chemie 1921-1971, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 1971.
An edited book
C. Dale, T. Anderson, eds., Achieving Systems Safety: Proceedings of the Twentieth Safety-Critical Systems Symposium, Bristol, UK, 7-9th February 2012, Springer, London, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Melián-Batista, J.M. Moreno-Vega, N. Vaswani, R. Yumar, A Nature Inspired Approach for the Uncapacitated Plant Cycle Location Problem, in: N. Krasnogor, M.B. Melián-Batista, J.A.M. Pérez, J.M. Moreno-Vega, D.A. Pelta (Eds.), Nature Inspired Cooperative Strategies for Optimization (NICSO 2008), Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 49–60.

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 Metamaterials.

Blog post
D. Andrew, Awesome X-Ray View Of A Man Swallowing, IFLScience. (2015).


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, NASA Workforce: Briefing on National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Use of Term Appointments, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2008.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
V. Faynblut, College access: A case study of Latino charter school students and their K-16 pathways, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2016.

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. Feeney, Sophisticated Takeout, New York Times. (2008) NJ16.

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 titleMetamaterials
ISSN (print)1873-1988
ScopeElectrical and Electronic Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Modelling and Simulation
Condensed Matter Physics
Surfaces and Interfaces

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