How to format your references using the Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials. 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
E. DiCicco-Bloom, Neuroscience. Neuron, know thy neighbor, Science. 311 (2006) 1560–1562.
A journal article with 2 authors
F. Su, P. Xu, Genomic analysis of thermophilic Bacillus coagulans strains: efficient producers for platform bio-chemicals, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3926.
A journal article with 3 authors
G.A. Vecchi, K.L. Swanson, B.J. Soden, Climate change. Whither hurricane activity?, Science. 322 (2008) 687–689.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J. Neugebohren, D. Borodin, H.W. Hahn, J. Altschäffel, A. Kandratsenka, D.J. Auerbach, C.T. Campbell, D. Schwarzer, D.J. Harding, A.M. Wodtke, T.N. Kitsopoulos, Velocity-resolved kinetics of site-specific carbon monoxide oxidation on platinum surfaces, Nature. 558 (2018) 280–283.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.R. Lunt, J.D. Cunic, Profiles in Flue Gas Desulfurization, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2000.
An edited book
L.M. Camarinha-Matos, ed., Emerging Solutions for Future Manufacturing Systems: IFP TC 5 / WG 5.5 Sixth IFIP International Conference on Information Technology for Balanced Automation Systems in Manufacturing and Services 27–29 September 2004, Vienna, Austria, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
E.B. Souto, J.F. Fangueiro, R.H. Müller, Solid Lipid Nanoparticles (SLNTM), in: I.F. Uchegbu, A.G. Schätzlein, W.P. Cheng, A. Lalatsa (Eds.), Fundamentals of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 91–116.

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 Progress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Sea Level Is Rising Fast – And It Seems To Be Speeding Up, 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, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Comments on Recent GAO Report on its Enterprise Architecture Efforts, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.G. Pezzolesi, Novel Mechanisms of PTEN Dysfunction in PTEN Hamartoma Tumor Syndromes, Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, 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
B. Brantley, There’s Lust in Her Heart, for Language, New York Times. (2017) C1.

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 titleProgress in Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials
ISSN (print)0960-8974
ScopeGeneral Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics

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