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]
Donald A. Throw off the cloak of invisibility. Nature 2012;490:447.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Podgornaia AI, Laub MT. Protein evolution. Pervasive degeneracy and epistasis in a protein-protein interface. Science 2015;347:673–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Lishko PV, Botchkina IL, Kirichok Y. Progesterone activates the principal Ca2+ channel of human sperm. Nature 2011;471:387–91.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Lorenz IC, Marcotrigiano J, Dentzer TG, Rice CM. Structure of the catalytic domain of the hepatitis C virus NS2-3 protease. Nature 2006;442:831–5.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Wagner D. Trading ETFs. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2012.
An edited book
[1]
Issar AS. Climate Change —: Environment and History of the Near East. 2nd Edition. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Dikshit KR, Dikshit JK. Relief Features of North-East India. In: Dikshit JK, editor. North-East India: Land, People and Economy, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2014, p. 91–125.

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]
Davis J. After Hottest Year On Record, Ocean Warming Is Now “Unstoppable.” 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. Public Assistance: PARIS Project Can Help States Reduce Improper Benefit Payments. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Hsieh DA. Informed Technology Adoption Decisions Based on Innovation-Related Factors. Doctoral dissertation. George Washington University, 2019.

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]
Beachy SC. Mars, Observed. New York Times 2014:D2.

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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