How to format your references using the Reactive and Functional Polymers citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Reactive and Functional Polymers. 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
D. Umstadter, Laser light splits atom, Nature. 404 (2000) 239.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.I.S. Grewal, S.C.R. Elgin, Transcription and RNA interference in the formation of heterochromatin, Nature. 447 (2007) 399–406.
A journal article with 3 authors
A.F. Little, M.J.H. van Oppen, B.L. Willis, Flexibility in algal endosymbioses shapes growth in reef corals, Science. 304 (2004) 1492–1494.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L.T. Vo, M.A. Kinney, X. Liu, Y. Zhang, J. Barragan, P.M. Sousa, D.K. Jha, A. Han, M. Cesana, Z. Shao, T.E. North, S.H. Orkin, S. Doulatov, J. Xu, G.Q. Daley, Regulation of embryonic haematopoietic multipotency by EZH1, Nature. 553 (2018) 506–510.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.P. Pohanish, S.A. Greene, Wiley Guide to Chemical Incompatibilities, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
M.-W. Han, J. Lee, eds., EKC 2010: Proceedings of the EU-Korea Conference on Science and Technology, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
G. Tonon, L.R. de la Vega, The Importance of Friendship in the Construction of Positive Nations, in: H. Águeda Marujo, L.M. Neto (Eds.), Positive Nations and Communities: Collective, Qualitative and Cultural-Sensitive Processes in Positive Psychology, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2014: pp. 65–77.

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 Reactive and Functional Polymers.

Blog post
B. Taub, Mystery Of Belgian King’s Blood Finally Solved After 80 Years, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Release of Carson City Silver Dollar Bidders List, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1979.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Serranilla, Env7p localizes to the vacuole membrane and plays a role in vacuolar protein processing, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
B. Sisario, 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 titleReactive and Functional Polymers
AbbreviationReact. Funct. Polym.
ISSN (print)1381-5148
General Chemical Engineering
General Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Polymers and Plastics

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