How to format your references using the Polymer Bulletin citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Polymer Bulletin. 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
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Rathi A (2010) Event: Turning the tables. Nature 467:S22-3
A journal article with 2 authors
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Bensinger SJ, Tontonoz P (2008) Integration of metabolism and inflammation by lipid-activated nuclear receptors. Nature 454:470–477
A journal article with 3 authors
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Bradley J, Reuter D, Frings S (2001) Facilitation of calmodulin-mediated odor adaptation by cAMP-gated channel subunits. Science 294:2176–2178
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Keller A, Zhuang H, Chi Q, et al (2007) Genetic variation in a human odorant receptor alters odour perception. Nature 449:468–472

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Stidwill D, Fletcher R (2010) Normal Binocular Vision. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK
An edited book
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Klusch M, Rovatsos M, Payne TR (2006) Cooperative Information Agents X: 10th International Workshop, CIA 2006 Edinburgh, UK, September 11-13, 2006 Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
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Shevchenko EV, Talapin DV (2008) Self-assembly of semiconductor nanocrystals into ordered superstructures. In: Rogach AL (ed) Semiconductor Nanocrystal Quantum Dots: Synthesis, Assembly, Spectroscopy and Applications. Springer, Vienna, pp 119–169

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 Polymer Bulletin.

Blog post
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Andrew E (2015) World’s Rarest And Smallest Dolphin Could Be Extinct Within 15 Years. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/environment/world-s-rarest-and-smallest-dolphin-could-be-extinct-within-15-years/. 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
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Government Accountability Office (1994) Efforts to Assist the Homeless in Seattle. 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
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Weisblatt BH (2010) The numinous on Russian soil: A depth psychological interpretation of religious experience in “The Brothers Karamazov.” Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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
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Williams J (2016) Reading Toward Recovery. New York Times BR4

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 titlePolymer Bulletin
AbbreviationPolym. Bull. (Berl.)
ISSN (print)0170-0839
ISSN (online)1436-2449
ScopeGeneral Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Polymers and Plastics
Condensed Matter Physics

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