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
G.S. Paul, Comment on “Narrow primary feather rachises in Confuciusornis and Archaeopteryx suggest poor flight ability,” Science. 330 (2010) 320; author reply 320.
A journal article with 2 authors
F.F. Tao, M. Salmeron, In situ studies of chemistry and structure of materials in reactive environments, Science. 331 (2011) 171–174.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Whitney, D.A. Westwood, M.A. Goodale, The influence of visual motion on fast reaching movements to a stationary object, Nature. 423 (2003) 869–873.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Vardi, B.A.S. Van Mooy, H.F. Fredricks, K.J. Popendorf, J.E. Ossolinski, L. Haramaty, K.D. Bidle, Viral glycosphingolipids induce lytic infection and cell death in marine phytoplankton, Science. 326 (2009) 861–865.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.A. Vilensky, W.M. Robertson, C.A. Suárez-Quian, The Clinical Anatomy of the Cranial Nerves, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
M. Detyniecki, A. García-Serrano, A. Nürnberger, eds., Adaptive Multimedia Retrieval. Understanding Media and Adapting to the User: 7th International Workshop, AMR 2009, Madrid, Spain, September 24-25, 2009, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
H. Bos, S. Ioannidis, E. Jonsson, E. Kirda, C. Kruegel, Future Threats to Future Trust, in: D. Gawrock, H. Reimer, A.-R. Sadeghi, C. Vishik (Eds.), Future of Trust in Computing: Proceedings of the First International Conference Future of Trust in Computing 2008, Vieweg+Teubner, Wiesbaden, 2009: pp. 49–54.

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
R. Andrews, Can Hickeys Really Cause Some People To Have A Stroke?, 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, Evaluations of Even Start Family Literacy Program Effectiveness, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2000.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Ravilla, Correlation between diabetes and periodontitis, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
M. Kelly, Gore Tells the Wary: Clinton Isn’t a Worry, New York Times. (1992) A10.

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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