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
J. Faubert, Professional athletes have extraordinary skills for rapidly learning complex and neutral dynamic visual scenes, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1154.
A journal article with 2 authors
Z. Fakhraai, J.A. Forrest, Measuring the surface dynamics of glassy polymers, Science. 319 (2008) 600–604.
A journal article with 3 authors
H. Gawronski, M. Mehlhorn, K. Morgenstern, Imaging phonon excitation with atomic resolution, Science. 319 (2008) 930–933.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
X. Wang, J. Song, J. Liu, Z.L. Wang, Direct-current nanogenerator driven by ultrasonic waves, Science. 316 (2007) 102–105.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
C. Lalanne, Specification Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
T. Yoshida, G. Kou, A. Skowron, J. Cao, H. Hacid, N. Zhong, eds., Active Media Technology: 9th International Conference, AMT 2013, Maebashi, Japan, October 29-31, 2013, Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
K.P.M. Suijkerbuijk, E. van der Wall, P.J. van Diest, Hormone Receptors in Breast Cancer, in: S. Badve, Y. Gökmen-Polar (Eds.), Molecular Pathology of Breast Cancer, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 45–58.

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
E. Andrew, Scientists Discover Where The “Gist” Of Your Memories Are Stored, 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, Query Regarding Department of Education Regulations, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1983.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. Liggins, Self-concept education as a motivator of life effectiveness, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2012.

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
M.W. Walsh, Puerto Rico Development Bank Goes to Court for $400 Million in Taxes, New York Times. (2015) B5.

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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