How to format your references using the Progress in Polymer Science citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Progress in Polymer Science. 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
[1]
Desiraju GR. Midsummer madness. Nature 2004;431:25.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
DeVore NM, Scott EE. Structures of cytochrome P450 17A1 with prostate cancer drugs abiraterone and TOK-001. Nature 2012;482:116–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Gallop JL, Butler PJG, McMahon HT. Endophilin and CtBP/BARS are not acyl transferases in endocytosis or Golgi fission. Nature 2005;438:675–8.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Bose S, Singh R, Hanewich-Hollatz M, Shen C, Lee C-H, Dorfman DM, et al. Affinity flow fractionation of cells via transient interactions with asymmetric molecular patterns. Sci Rep 2013;3:2329.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Pike A. Origination. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2015.
An edited book
[1]
Moniuszko A. Nuclear Medicine Technology Study Guide: A Technologist’s Review for Passing Board Exams. New York, NY: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Wang J. Family and Autonomy: Towards Shared Medical Decision-Making in Light of Confucianism. In: Fan R, editor. Family-Oriented Informed Consent: East Asian and American Perspectives, Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2015, p. 63–80.

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 Polymer Science.

Blog post
[1]
Luntz S. New Evidence Plants Can “Think” And Make Decisions Based On Possible Future Risks. IFLScience 2014. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/new-evidence-plants-can-think-and-make-decisions-based-possible-future-risks/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Traffic Congestion: Trends, Measures, and Effects. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Edwards CD. Migration: Lighting to evoke human responses. 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
[1]
Walsh MW. Consequences in a Fiscal Plan. New York Times 2012:B1.

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 Polymer Science
AbbreviationProg. Polym. Sci.
ISSN (print)0079-6700
ScopeOrganic Chemistry
Ceramics and Composites
Materials Chemistry
Polymers and Plastics
Surfaces and Interfaces

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