How to format your references using the Organic Electronics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Organic Electronics. 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. Cyranoski, Singapore surges upwards, Nature. 455 (2008) 1144–1146.
A journal article with 2 authors
E.A. Emini, W.C. Koff, AIDS/HIV. Developing an AIDS vaccine: need, uncertainty, hope, Science. 304 (2004) 1913–1914.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.W. Poulton, P.W. Fralick, D.E. Canfield, The transition to a sulphidic ocean approximately 1.84 billion years ago, Nature. 431 (2004) 173–177.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.R. Duke, M.W. Jenkins, H. Lu, J.M. McManus, H.J. Chiel, E.D. Jansen, Transient and selective suppression of neural activity with infrared light, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2600.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Koperski, The Physics of Theism, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
K. Sassa, H. Fukuoka, F. Wang, G. Wang, eds., Progress in Landslide Science, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Melany, Ultrasound Imaging of Thyroid Cancer, in: G.D. Braunstein (Ed.), Thyroid Cancer, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2012: pp. 63–91.

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 Organic Electronics.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, Girls May Perform Better At School Than Boys – But Their Experience Is Much Less Happy, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Public Transportation: Federal Role Key to Rural and Tribal Transit, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.M. van der Veen, Domestic Politics, International Inaction: The United States and Human Rights Treaties, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 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
G. Vecsey, In Defense of His Old School, New York Times. (2009) SP10.

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 titleOrganic Electronics
AbbreviationOrg. Electron.
ISSN (print)1566-1199
ScopeGeneral Chemistry
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Materials Chemistry
Condensed Matter Physics

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