How to format your references using the Polymer Testing citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Polymer Testing. 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
W. Zwerger, Physics. Itinerant ferromagnetism with ultracold atoms, Science. 325 (2009) 1507–1509.
A journal article with 2 authors
E.M. Rubin, A. Tall, Perspectives for vascular genomics, Nature. 407 (2000) 265–269.
A journal article with 3 authors
C. Yi, S. Wei, G. Hendrey, Warming climate extends dryness-controlled areas of terrestrial carbon sequestration, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5472.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.R. Amieva, R. Vogelmann, A. Covacci, L.S. Tompkins, W.J. Nelson, S. Falkow, Disruption of the epithelial apical-junctional complex by Helicobacter pylori CagA, Science. 300 (2003) 1430–1434.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L. Decreusefond, P. Moyal, Stochastic Modeling and Analysis of Telecom Networks, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
T. Dimitrakos, F. Martinelli, eds., Formal Aspects in Security and Trust: IFIP TC1 WG1.7 Workshop on Formal Aspects in Security and Trust (FAST), World Computer Congress, August 22–27, 2004, Toulouse, France, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
C. Pereira-Sáez, Philosophical Imperialism? A Critical View of North American Principlist Bioethics, in: P. Serna, J.-A. Seoane (Eds.), Bioethical Decision Making and Argumentation, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 43–56.

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 Testing.

Blog post
E. Andrew, We’re Close To Achieving The Second Ever Global Eradication Of A Human Disease, 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, FAA Budget: Agency Faces Key Management Challenges on Major Issues, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.J. Courtney, A Sea of Voices: An Alchemical Journey Through Dissociation, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015.

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. Greenhouse, Justices Support Guidelines for Sentencing, New York Times. (2007) A18.

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 Testing
AbbreviationPolym. Test.
ISSN (print)0142-9418
ScopeOrganic Chemistry
Polymers and Plastics

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