How to format your references using the Polymer Degradation and Stability citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Polymer Degradation and Stability. 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
P.M. Atkinson, Assess the real cost of research assessment, Nature. 516 (2014) 145.
A journal article with 2 authors
W.R. Boos, Z. Kuang, Dominant control of the South Asian monsoon by orographic insulation versus plateau heating, Nature. 463 (2010) 218–222.
A journal article with 3 authors
L. Delamarre, I. Mellman, M. Yadav, Cancer immunotherapy. Neo approaches to cancer vaccines, Science. 348 (2015) 760–761.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.J. Bannister, P. Zegerman, J.F. Partridge, E.A. Miska, J.O. Thomas, R.C. Allshire, T. Kouzarides, Selective recognition of methylated lysine 9 on histone H3 by the HP1 chromo domain, Nature. 410 (2001) 120–124.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Deutsch, Convergence, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2017.
An edited book
N.J. Temple, T. Wilson, D.R. Jacobs Jr., eds., Nutritional Health: Strategies for Disease Prevention, 3rd ed. 2012, Humana Press, Totowa, NJ, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
X.C. Wang, C. Zhang, X. Ma, L. Luo, A Real Case of Water Reuse Through a Water Cycle, in: C. Zhang, X. Ma, L. Luo (Eds.), Water Cycle Management: A New Paradigm of Wastewater Reuse and Safety Control, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2015: pp. 75–94.

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 Degradation and Stability.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Primitive Meteorites Brought Water To Early Earth, IFLScience. (2014).


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, FAA Reauthorization Act: Progress and Challenges Implementing Various Provisions of the 2012 Act, 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
H. Dinh, A study of cell-based genetic algorithms with applications to neural networks, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2013.

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
M. Mcgirr, Sink Into the Silence of Summer, New York Times. (2017) SR9.

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 Degradation and Stability
AbbreviationPolym. Degrad. Stab.
ISSN (print)0141-3910
ScopeMechanics of Materials
Materials Chemistry
Polymers and Plastics
Condensed Matter Physics

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