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
R.G. Larson, Biophysics. Going with the flow, Science. 318 (2007) 57–58.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Hector, R. Bagchi, Biodiversity and ecosystem multifunctionality, Nature. 448 (2007) 188–190.
A journal article with 3 authors
R.A. Nicoll, S. Tomita, D.S. Bredt, Auxiliary subunits assist AMPA-type glutamate receptors, Science. 311 (2006) 1253–1256.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Zhang, G. Lu, H. Shen, K. Shi, Y. Jiang, D. Xu, Q. Gong, Photoluminescence of a single complex plasmonic nanoparticle, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3867.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.J. Brown, Cinnolines and Phthalazines: Supplement II, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
F. Mancebo, I. Sachs, eds., Transitions to Sustainability, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Bergel, L. Bettini, Generic Programming in Pharo, in: J. Cordeiro, S. Hammoudi, M. van Sinderen (Eds.), Software and Data Technologies: 7th International Conference, ICSOFT 2012, Rome, Italy, July 24-27, 2012, Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 66–79.

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
J. O`Callaghan, Asteroid Mining Just Moved A Step Closer To Being A Reality, 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, National Science Foundation-Supported Science Education Materials, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1976.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.G. Willhite, Purification, Identification, and Partial Characterization of Proteins Associated with the Adaptive Immune Response to Soluble Protein Antigen in the American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana), Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, 2001.

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. Wilson, Diary Hints at Slaves’ Remains on a Lot in Brooklyn, New York Times. (2017) A15.

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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