How to format your references using the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 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
[1]
Dubnau J. Neuroscience. Ode to the mushroom bodies. Science 2012;335:664–5.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Phipps RJ, Gaunt MJ. A meta-selective copper-catalyzed C-H bond arylation. Science 2009;323:1593–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Timm RM, Ramey RR 2nd, Nomenclature Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists. What constitutes a proper description? Science 2005;309:2163–6; author reply 2163-6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Herz AVM, Gollisch T, Machens CK, Jaeger D. Modeling single-neuron dynamics and computations: a balance of detail and abstraction. Science 2006;314:80–5.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Daïan J-F. Equilibrium and Transfer in Porous Media 3. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2014.
An edited book
[1]
Koh H-J, Kwon S-Y, Thomson M, editors. Current Technologies in Plant Molecular Breeding: A Guide Book of Plant Molecular Breeding for Researchers. 1st ed. 2015. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Spracklen K. Millstone Grit, Blackstone Edge: Literary and Heritage Tourism in the South Pennines, England. In: Hooper G, editor. Heritage and Tourism in Britain and Ireland, London: Palgrave Macmillan UK; 2016, p. 71–84.

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 Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

Blog post
[1]
Andrew E. Can Americans Have Both Environmental Preservation And Expanded Oil Drilling? IFLScience 2015.

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office. Equal Employment Opportunity: Actions Needed for FAA to Implement Committee Recommendations in the Airline Industry. 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
[1]
Rahschulte RL. An Examination of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Detect, Practice, and Repair versus Traditional Cover, Copy, and Compare Procedures: A Component Analysis. Doctoral dissertation. University of Cincinnati, 2014.

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
[1]
Barron J. Ghosts of Elections Past. New York Times 2016:C30.

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 titleRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
AbbreviationRenew. Sustain. Energy Rev.
ISSN (print)1364-0321
ScopeRenewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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