How to format your references using the Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications. 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
D. Grünbaum, Ecology. Why did you Lévy?, Science. 332 (2011) 1514–1515.
A journal article with 2 authors
P.M. Davis, D.D. Jackson, Retrospective. Leon Knopoff (1925-2011), Science. 331 (2011) 1400.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Ledderose, S. Dieter, M.K. Schwarz, Maturation of postnatally generated olfactory bulb granule cells depends on functional γ-protocadherin expression, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1514.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D. Ebert, C. Haag, M. Kirkpatrick, M. Riek, J.W. Hottinger, V.I. Pajunen, A selective advantage to immigrant genes in a Daphnia metapopulation, Science. 295 (2002) 485–488.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
N.C. Karmakar, P. Kalansuriya, R.E. Azim, R. Koswatta, Chipless Radio Frequency Identification Reader Signal Processing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
K.S. Rao, Language Identification Using Excitation Source Features, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Li, L. Alem, W. Huang, Supporting Frontline Health Workers Through the Use of a Mobile Collaboration Tool, in: X. Yin, K. Ho, D. Zeng, U. Aickelin, R. Zhou, H. Wang (Eds.), Health Information Science: 4th International Conference, HIS 2015, Melbourne, Australia, May 28-30, 2015, Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 31–36.

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 Photonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, Physicists Record Atomic Event With Trillionth Of A Billionth Of A Second Precision, 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, Aviation Security: FAA Can Help Ensure That Airports’ Access Control Systems Are Cost-Effective, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Muenyong-Zinner, Care First Wound Healing Center a Business Plan, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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, For Outsiders, Overuse Isn’t a Worry, New York Times. (2014) 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 titlePhotonics and Nanostructures - Fundamentals and Applications
ISSN (print)1569-4410

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