How to format your references using the Progress in Organic Coatings citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Progress in Organic Coatings. 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
R. Pielke Jr, John Marburger (1941-2011), Nature. 476 (2011) 284.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Bartek, Z. Hodny, Ageing: Old blood stem cells feel the stress, Nature. 512 (2014) 140–141.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Mayya, A. Banerjee, R. Rajesh, Mammalian cortical bone in tension is non-Haversian, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2533.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Korn, E. Bettelli, W. Gao, A. Awasthi, A. Jäger, T.B. Strom, M. Oukka, V.K. Kuchroo, IL-21 initiates an alternative pathway to induce proinflammatory T(H)17 cells, Nature. 448 (2007) 484–487.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.A. Wilson, Interpreting Land Records, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
A. Pnueli, I. Virbitskaite, A. Voronkov, eds., Perspectives of Systems Informatics: 7th International Andrei Ershov Memorial Conference, PSI 2009, Novosibirsk, Russia, June 15-19, 2009. Revised Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
D.M. Mailafiya, Agrobiodiversity for Biological Pest Control in Sub-Saharan Africa, in: E. Lichtfouse (Ed.), Sustainable Agriculture Reviews: Volume 18, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 107–143.

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 Organic Coatings.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, UFOs, Climate Change And Missing Airliners: How To Separate Fact From Fiction, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Concurrent Development and Production of MK-12A Reentry Vehicle, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. Stoecker, Transfer of Topic-Prominence in Chinese-English Interlanguage, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
B. Casselman, Experts Foresee a U.S. Work Force Defined by Ever Widening Divides, New York Times. (2017) B3.

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 Organic Coatings
AbbreviationProg. Org. Coat.
ISSN (print)0300-9440
ScopeGeneral Chemical Engineering
Organic Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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