How to format your references using the Results in Materials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Results in Materials. 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
B. Casassus, MAD COW DISEASE: New Recruits for French Prion Research, Science. 290 (2000) 1671a.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. Pasare, R. Medzhitov, Control of B-cell responses by Toll-like receptors, Nature. 438 (2005) 364–368.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.G. Fox, W.W. Chadwick Jr, R.W. Embley, Direct observation of a submarine volcanic eruption from a sea-floor instrument caught in a lava flow, Nature. 412 (2001) 727–729.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
G.-W. Hwang, Y. Murai, T. Takahashi, A. Naganuma, The protein transportation pathway from Golgi to vacuoles via endosomes plays a role in enhancement of methylmercury toxicity, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5888.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.E. Sestina, Planning a Successful Future, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
E. Lichtfouse, ed., Organic Fertilisation, Soil Quality and Human Health, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Gerlach, C. Mehler-Wex, B.G. Schimmelmann, Antipsychotics, in: M. Gerlach, A. Warnke, L. Greenhill (Eds.), Psychiatric Drugs in Children and Adolescents: Basic Pharmacology and Practical Applications, Springer, Vienna, 2014: pp. 157–218.

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 Results in Materials.

Blog post
B. Taub, Here’s How The Brain Develops A Taste For Lying, IFLScience. (2016). (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, State Department: Provision of Residential Furniture Inconsistent With Best Practices, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K.A. Fonteix, Separate, But Not Equal: A Qualitative Case Study Comparing Traditional And Homebound Instruction Using Technology, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2013.

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
L. Greenhouse, Justices Overturn Ruling In Case on Buttons in Court, New York Times. (2006) A16.

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 titleResults in Materials
ISSN (print)2590-048X

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