How to format your references using the Renewable Energy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Renewable Energy. 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
E. Dolgin, Therapeutics: Negative feedback, Nature. 508 (2014) S10-1.
A journal article with 2 authors
W.E. Bradshaw, C.M. Holzapfel, Climate change. Evolutionary response to rapid climate change, Science. 312 (2006) 1477–1478.
A journal article with 3 authors
H. Tateishi-Karimata, M. Nakano, N. Sugimoto, Comparable stability of Hoogsteen and Watson-Crick base pairs in ionic liquid choline dihydrogen phosphate, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 3593.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
F. Ginhoux, M. Greter, M. Leboeuf, S. Nandi, P. See, S. Gokhan, M.F. Mehler, S.J. Conway, L.G. Ng, E.R. Stanley, I.M. Samokhvalov, M. Merad, Fate mapping analysis reveals that adult microglia derive from primitive macrophages, Science. 330 (2010) 841–845.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P.E. Mix, Introduction to Nondestructive Testing, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2004.
An edited book
M. Shamrukh, ed., Riverbank Filtration for Water Security in Desert Countries, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
H. Reiter, C. Steiner, Fast Forward to Capitalism? Accelerated Youth in Post-Socialism, in: M. Schwartz, H. Winkel (Eds.), Eastern European Youth Cultures in a Global Context, Palgrave Macmillan UK, London, 2016: pp. 64–80.

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 Energy.

Blog post
J. Fang, Why Do Birds Crash Into Planes?, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Space Station: Impact of the Grounding of the Shuttle Fleet, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
W.A. Taylor, Every citizen a soldier: The U.S. Army’s campaign for universal military training following World War II, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2010.

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
J. Leland, Loft Life: Music, Stretching and Leftovers, New York Times. (2016) MB2.

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 Energy
AbbreviationRenew. Energy
ISSN (print)0960-1481
ScopeRenewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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