How to format your references using the Progress in Solid State Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Progress in Solid State Chemistry. 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
Alerstam T. Conflicting evidence about long-distance animal navigation. Science 2006;313:791–4.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dietrich WE, Perron JT. The search for a topographic signature of life. Nature 2006;439:411–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
Nobes C, Lloyd A, Marsh M. RETROSPECTIVE. Alan Hall (1952-2015). Science 2015;350:1039.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Borozdin KN, Hogan GE, Morris C, Priedhorsky WC, Saunders A, Schultz LJ, et al. Surveillance: Radiographic imaging with cosmic-ray muons. Nature 2003;422:277.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bachmann H, Steinle A. Precast Concrete Structures. Berlin, Germany: Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG; 2012.
An edited book
Mathieu D, editor. Handbook on Hyperbaric Medicine. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
Lee J-Y, Jeon BS. Risk Factors for Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesia. In: Fox SH, Brotchie JM, editors. Levodopa-Induced Dyskinesia in Parkinson’s Disease, London: Springer; 2014, p. 51–68.

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 Solid State Chemistry.

Blog post
Andrew E. Melting Moments: A Look Under East Antarctica’s Biggest Glacier. IFLScience 2015.


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. Small Business: Proposed Amendments to the Small Business Innovation Research Program. 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
Cao L. A Field-Scale Simulation of the Reversible Nanoparticle Adsorption for Enhancing Oil Recovery Using Hydrophilic Nanofluids. Doctoral dissertation. University of Louisiana, 2015.

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
Sisario B. Frank Ocean Takes Unusual Journey to No. 1. New York Times 2016:C3.

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 Solid State Chemistry
AbbreviationProg. Solid State Chem.
ISSN (print)0079-6786
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry
General Materials Science
Condensed Matter Physics

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