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]
Wilczek F. From “not wrong” to (maybe right). Nature 2004;428:261.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Fazleabas AT, Kim JJ. Development. What makes an embryo stick? Science 2003;299:355–6.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Spencer TJ, Osborn T, Kohl PA. Materials science. High-frequency chip connections. Science 2008;320:756–7.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Min B, Ostby E, Sorger V, Ulin-Avila E, Yang L, Zhang X, et al. High-Q surface-plasmon-polariton whispering-gallery microcavity. Nature 2009;457:455–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Saghyan AS, Langer P. Asymmetric Synthesis of Non&;#x02010;Proteinogenic Amino Acids. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley&;#x02010;VCH Verlag GmbH &;#38; Co. KGaA; 2016.
An edited book
[1]
Feng C. China’s Changing Legal System: Lawyers & Judges on Civil & Criminal Law. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan US; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Serra M, Correia C, Brito C, Alves PM. Bioprocessing of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells for Cell Therapy Applications. In: Al-Rubeai M, Naciri M, editors. Stem Cells and Cell Therapy, Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2014, p. 71–95.

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 D. This Single Image Contains 6 Celestial Phenomena. How Many Can You Name? 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. Compensatory Education: Chapter 1’s Comparability of Services Provision. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1987.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Ports MO. Laterally associated proteins modulate α6 integrin cleavage, a permissive process utilized during cancer metastasis. Doctoral dissertation. University of Arizona, 2009.

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]
Sugin L. The Furtive Tax. New York Times 2013:SR7.

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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