How to format your references using the Science Bulletin citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Science Bulletin. 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]
Benovic JL. Structural biology: Arresting developments in receptor signalling. Nature 2015;523:538–9.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Kim E, Chan MHW. Probable observation of a supersolid helium phase. Nature 2004;427:225–7.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Pelkmans L, Püntener D, Helenius A. Local actin polymerization and dynamin recruitment in SV40-induced internalization of caveolae. Science 2002;296:535–9.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Brenner R, Peréz GJ, Bonev AD, Eckman DM, Kosek JC, Wiler SW, et al. Vasoregulation by the beta1 subunit of the calcium-activated potassium channel. Nature 2000;407:870–6.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Spatschek K-H. High Temperature Plasmas. Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA; 2011.
An edited book
[1]
Rynne BP. Linear Functional Analysis. London: Springer; 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Skjerdal T. Why the Arab Spring Never Came to Ethiopia. In: Mutsvairo B, editor. Participatory Politics and Citizen Journalism in a Networked Africa: A Connected Continent, London: Palgrave Macmillan UK; 2016, p. 77–89.

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 Science Bulletin.

Blog post
[1]
Andrew E. As Biodiversity Declines On Corn Farms, Pest Problems Grow. 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. CH-53E Helicopter. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1974.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Child RJ. The evolution of BARREN INFLORESCENCE1 and related AUX/IAA genes in angiosperms. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach, 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
[1]
Garland SB. Vulnerable Older Adults, Abusive Guardians. New York Times 2017:BU3.

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 titleScience Bulletin
AbbreviationSci. Bull. (Beijing)
ISSN (print)2095-9273
ScopeMultidisciplinary

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