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]
Dodds PN. Plant science. Genome evolution in plant pathogens. Science 2010;330:1486–7.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
Lowell TV, Kelly MA. Climate. Was the Younger Dryas global? Science 2008;321:348–9.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
Nam J-M, Thaxton CS, Mirkin CA. Nanoparticle-based bio-bar codes for the ultrasensitive detection of proteins. Science 2003;301:1884–6.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
[1]
Lokich E, Singh RK, Han A, Romano N, Yano N, Kim K, et al. HE4 expression is associated with hormonal elements and mediated by importin-dependent nuclear translocation. Sci Rep 2014;4:5500.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
Horton I. Ivor Horton’s Beginning Visual C++® 2010. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2010.
An edited book
[1]
Grandfield J, editor. Light Metals 2014. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
Zhu J, Li Y, He G, Xia X. An Intrinsic Evolvable Hardware Based on Multiplexer Module Array. In: Kang L, Liu Y, Zeng S, editors. Evolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware: 7th International Conference, ICES 2007, Wuhan, China, September 21-23, 2007 Proceedings, Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2007, p. 35–44.

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]
Fang J. Ancient Martian Air Too Thin for Liquid Water. IFLScience 2014. https://www.iflscience.com/space/ancient-martian-air-too-thin-liquid-water/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

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. Year 2000 Computing Challenge: DEA Has Developed Plans and Established Controls for Business Continuity Planning. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
Grayson N. Development of a preliminary scale of counterproductive experiences in supervision: Attitudes of clinical psychology doctoral students. Doctoral dissertation. Pepperdine University, 2014.

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]
Kenigsberg B. A Generous Peek Behind the Curtain. New York Times 2017:C4.

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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