How to format your references using the Polymers citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Polymers. 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
Myers, M.G., Jr Cell Biology. Moonlighting in Mitochondria. Science 2009, 323, 723–724.
A journal article with 2 authors
Juran, I.; Falcocchio, J. Retrospective. George Bugliarello (1927-2011). Science 2011, 332, 50.
A journal article with 3 authors
Pfingsten, J.S.; Costantino, D.A.; Kieft, J.S. Structural Basis for Ribosome Recruitment and Manipulation by a Viral IRES RNA. Science 2006, 314, 1450–1454.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Zhao, Y.; Araki, S.; Wu, J.; Teramoto, T.; Chang, Y.-F.; Nakano, M.; Abdelfattah, A.S.; Fujiwara, M.; Ishihara, T.; Nagai, T.; et al. An Expanded Palette of Genetically Encoded Ca2+ Indicators. Science 2011, 333, 1888–1891.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nemethy, L. Business Exit Planning; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2011; ISBN 9781118267837.
An edited book
Albeverio, S. SPDE in Hydrodynamic: Recent Progress and Prospects: Lectures given at the C.I.M.E. Summer School Held in Cetraro, Italy August 29–September 3, 2005; Flandoli, F., Sinai, Y.G., Prato, G.D., Rückner, M., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Mathematics; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008; Vol. 1942; ISBN 9783540784920.
A chapter in an edited book
Rathbone, M.; Rathbone, B. Helicobacter Pylori and Gastric Cancer. In Inflammation and Gastrointestinal Cancers; Jankowski, J.A.Z., Ed.; Recent Results in Cancer Research; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011; pp. 83–97 ISBN 9783642035029.

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 Polymers.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Watch The ISS Fly Over Spectacular Aurora Available online: (accessed on 30 October 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 Small Business Innovation Research: SBA Should Work with Agencies to Improve the Data Available for Program Evaluation; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2011;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
McGowan, H.C. The Military Experience: Perceptions from Senior Military Officers’ Wives. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University: Minneapolis, MN, 2008.

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
St. John Kelly, E. CHILDREN’S BOOKS. New York Times 1994, 732.

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 titlePolymers
AbbreviationPolymers (Basel)
ISSN (online)2073-4360

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