How to format your references using the Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics. 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
J.M. Hayes, Geochemistry. The pathway of carbon in nature, Science. 312 (2006) 1605–1606.
A journal article with 2 authors
B.S. Katzenellenbogen, J.A. Katzenellenbogen, Biomedicine. Defining the “S” in SERMs, Science. 295 (2002) 2380–2381.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. Dutzler, E.B. Campbell, R. MacKinnon, Gating the selectivity filter in ClC chloride channels, Science. 300 (2003) 108–112.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
C.-L. Xie, W.-W. Wang, S.-F. Zhang, M.-L. Yuan, J.-Y. Che, J. Gan, L. Song, W.-E. Yuan, Z.-G. Liu, Levodopa/benserazide microsphere (LBM) prevents L-dopa induced dyskinesia by inactivation of the DR1/PKA/P-tau pathway in 6-OHDA-lesioned Parkinson’s rats, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7506.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L.C.R. Russell, C.T.J. Hodgetts, C.P.F. Mahoney, N. Castle, Disaster Rules, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2010.
An edited book
A.C. Errington, G. Di Giovanni, V. Crunelli, eds., Extrasynaptic GABAA Receptors, Springer, New York, NY, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
H.J. ten Donkelaar, R.A. Mullaart, A. Hori, K. Shiota, Neurulation and Neural Tube Defects, in: M. Lammens, A. Hori (Eds.), Clinical Neuroembryology: Development and Developmental Disorders of the Human Central Nervous System, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006: pp. 145–190.

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 Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics.

Blog post
J. Fang, Boulder Leaves Dotted Line Trail On Mars, 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, The School Dropout Problem, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A. Kellogg, Hospital Lean and Six Sigma: Is there a financial benefit?, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
K. Feeney, Deliciousness From Italy, New York Times. (2009) NJ11.

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 titleProbabilistic Engineering Mechanics
AbbreviationProbabilistic Eng. Mech.
ISSN (print)0266-8920
ScopeNuclear Energy and Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Civil and Structural Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Ocean Engineering
Condensed Matter Physics
Statistical and Nonlinear Physics

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