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
R. Dalton, Swift move to collect fallout data, Nature. 413 (2001) 335.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.O. Lease, T.A. Ehlers, Incision into the eastern Andean Plateau during Pliocene cooling, Science. 341 (2013) 774–776.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.J. Palmer, F. Fukuyama, D.A. Relman, SCIENCE GOVERNANCE. A more systematic approach to biological risk, Science. 350 (2015) 1471–1473.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Q. Zhou, J.-P. Renard, G. Le Friec, V. Brochard, N. Beaujean, Y. Cherifi, A. Fraichard, J. Cozzi, Generation of fertile cloned rats by regulating oocyte activation, Science. 302 (2003) 1179.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
H. Sluga, Wittgenstein, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2011.
An edited book
Y. Zhu, Transforming Rural Communities in China and Beyond: Community Entrepreneurship and Enterprises, Infrastructure Development and Investment Modes, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Seddon, B. O’Donovan, K. Zokaei, Rethinking Lean Service, in: M. Macintyre, G. Parry, J. Angelis (Eds.), Service Design and Delivery, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2011: pp. 41–60.

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 Organic Electronics.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Six Easy Ways To Tell If That Viral Story Is A Hoax, 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, Federal-Aid Highways: FHWA Has Improved Its Risk Management Approach, but Needs to Improve Its Oversight of Project Costs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2009.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Ponder, Parent information nights: An elementary school principal’s search to increase parent input and affect the learning-at-home environment, Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, 2010.

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
L. Saslow, Suffolk Bill Focuses On Day Laborers, New York Times. (2007) 14LI2.

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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