How to format your references using the Reinforced Plastics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Reinforced Plastics. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
M. Blencowe, Science 304 (2004) 56–57.
A journal article with 2 authors
G. Smith, J.A. Smolin, Nature 504 (2013) 263–267.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. Hillenbrand, T. Taubner, F. Keilmann, Nature 418 (2002) 159–162.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.-H. Lee, J.-H. Choi, N. Lee, H.-R. Lee, J.-I. Kim, N.-K. Yu, S.-L. Choi, S.-H. Lee, H. Kim, B.-K. Kaang, Science 319 (2008) 1253–1256.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T.U. Kampen, Low Molecular Weight Organic Semiconductors, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2010.
An edited book
P. Collet, M. Tomassini, M. Ebner, S. Gustafson, A. Ekárt, eds., Genetic Programming: 9th European Conference, EuroGP 2006, Budapest, Hungary, April 10-12, 2006. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
O. Hodych, K. Hushchyn, Y. Shcherbyna, I. Nikolski, V. Pasichnyk, in: J. Yang, A. Ginige, H.C. Mayr, R.-D. Kutsche (Eds.), Information Systems: Modeling, Development, and Integration: Third International United Information Systems Conference, UNISCON 2009, Sydney, Australia, April 21-24, 2009. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009, pp. 29–40.

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 Reinforced Plastics.

Blog post
J. Fang, IFLScience (2014).


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, Aviation Security: Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Would Benefit from Risk Assessment and Strategy Updates, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.M. Pelayo, A Case Study on the Development of Team -Based Leadership Structure in the Hospital Industry, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2008.

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
G. Johnson, New York Times (2014) SR1.

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 titleReinforced Plastics
ISSN (print)0034-3617
ScopePolymers and Plastics

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