How to format your references using the Optical Materials: X citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Optical Materials: X. 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
B. Schölkopf, Artificial intelligence: Learning to see and act, Nature. 518 (2015) 486–487.
A journal article with 2 authors
H.J.B. Birks, H.H. Birks, Paleoecology. The rise and fall of forests, Science. 305 (2004) 484–485.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.C. Sherwood, S. Bony, J.-L. Dufresne, Spread in model climate sensitivity traced to atmospheric convective mixing, Nature. 505 (2014) 37–42.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W. Zhang, D.S. Choi, Y.H. Nguyen, J. Chang, L. Qin, Studying cancer stem cell dynamics on PDMS surfaces for microfluidics device design, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2332.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Ben Chouikha, Organizational Design for Knowledge Management, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
M. Hof, R. Hutterer, V. Fidler, eds., Fluorescence Spectroscopy in Biology: Advanced Methods and their Applications to Membranes, Proteins, DNA, and Cells, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Boudjehem, D. Boudjehem, Parameter Tuning of a Fractional-Order PI Controller Using the ITAE Criteria, in: D. Baleanu, J.A.T. Machado, A.C.J. Luo (Eds.), Fractional Dynamics and Control, Springer, New York, NY, 2012: pp. 49–57.

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 Optical Materials: X.

Blog post
K. Evans, Thieves Can Steal Your Fingerprints From Your Selfies, 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, DOD Satellite Control, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L.R. Holloway, Synthesis and investigation of novel dinitrosyl-Iron complexes of chelated Bis-phosphine ligands: Potential nitric oxide delivery compounds, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
G. Vecsey, The Phillies Are Now The Hunted, New York Times. (2010) B14.

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 titleOptical Materials: X
ISSN (print)2590-1478

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