How to format your references using the Progress in Natural Science: Materials International citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Progress in Natural Science: Materials International. 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
C.V. Robinson, John Fenn (1917-2010), Nature. 469 (2011) 300.
A journal article with 2 authors
Y. Sun, C. Cao, Research Funding. Demystifying central government R&D spending in China, Science. 345 (2014) 1006–1008.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Peñuelas, T. Rutishauser, I. Filella, Ecology. Phenology feedbacks on climate change, Science. 324 (2009) 887–888.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y.-Q. Zhou, N.-X. Wang, Y. Xing, Y.-J. Wang, X.-W. Hong, J.-X. Zhang, D.-D. Chen, J.-B. Geng, Y. Dang, Z.-X. Wang, Stable acyclic aliphatic solid enols: synthesis, characterization, X-ray structure analysis and calculations, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1058.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.A. Brown, L. Kaplan, The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as a Prescriber, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK, 2012.
An edited book
P.D. Katsikis, S.P. Schoenberger, B. Pulendran, eds., Crossroads between Innate and Adaptive Immunity, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Öchsner, M. Öchsner, Timoshenko Beams, in: M. Öchsner (Ed.), The Finite Element Analysis Program MSC Marc/Mentat: A First Introduction, Springer, Singapore, 2016: pp. 57–65.

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 Natural Science: Materials International.

Blog post
J. Fang, Bald Eagle Death Yields New Lifespan Record for America’s National Animal, 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, Race to the Top: Characteristics of Grantees’ Amended Programs and Education’s Review Process, 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
A. Sewell, A typology of sampling in hip-hop, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 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
K. Feeney, Alsatian Sauerkraut, Anyone?, New York Times. (2009) NJ9.

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 Natural Science: Materials International
ISSN (print)1002-0071

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