How to format your references using the Plasmonics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Plasmonics. 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
1.
Hamilton WB (2007) Comment on “A vestige of Earth’s oldest ophiolite.” Science 318:746; author reply 746
A journal article with 2 authors
1.
van den Heuvel MGL, Dekker C (2007) Motor proteins at work for nanotechnology. Science 317:333–336
A journal article with 3 authors
1.
Sousa-Nunes R, Yee LL, Gould AP (2011) Fat cells reactivate quiescent neuroblasts via TOR and glial insulin relays in Drosophila. Nature 471:508–512
A journal article with 5 or more authors
1.
Chi SW, Zang JB, Mele A, Darnell RB (2009) Argonaute HITS-CLIP decodes microRNA-mRNA interaction maps. Nature 460:479–486

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1.
Zhu FXX, Hoehn R, Thakkar V, Yuh E (2017) Hydroprocessing for Clean Energy. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey
An edited book
1.
Stahl G (2009) Studying Virtual Math Teams. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
1.
Helsen JA, Missirlis Y (2010) Zirconium and Other Newcomers. In: Missirlis Y (ed) Biomaterials: A Tantalus Experience. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 99–120

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 Plasmonics.

Blog post
1.
Andrew E (2014) Rise And Shine! New Horizons Awakes Ahead Of A Date With Pluto. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/space/rise-and-shine-new-horizons-awakes-ahead-date-pluto/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
1.
Government Accountability Office (1970) Use of Consultants by NASA. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1.
Randall MH (2006) Information Technology Certification Programs and Perceptions of Attitude and Need by High School Principals, Information Technology Teachers, and Information Technology Professionals in Ohio. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University

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
1.
Saslow L (2006) In Suffolk, a Plan to Keep Emergency Volunteers. New York Times LI2

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 titlePlasmonics
AbbreviationPlasmonics
ISSN (print)1557-1955
ISSN (online)1557-1963
ScopeBiochemistry
Biophysics
Biotechnology

Other styles