How to format your references using the Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells. 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
R. Schenkel, Science policy. The challenge of feeding scientific advice into policy-making, Science. 330 (2010) 1749–1751.
A journal article with 2 authors
K.E. Trenberth, B.L. Otto-Bliesner, Paleoclimate. Toward integrated reconstruction of past climates, Science. 300 (2003) 589–590.
A journal article with 3 authors
P.F. Damasceno, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer, Predictive self-assembly of polyhedra into complex structures, Science. 337 (2012) 453–457.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H. Kawakatsu, P. Kumar, Y. Takei, M. Shinohara, T. Kanazawa, E. Araki, K. Suyehiro, Seismic evidence for sharp lithosphere-asthenosphere boundaries of oceanic plates, Science. 324 (2009) 499–502.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
F.W. Menk, C.L. Waters, Magnetoseismology, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2013.
An edited book
E. Cristiani, Multiscale Modeling of Pedestrian Dynamics, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
D.G. Adams, P.S. Duggan, Signalling in Cyanobacteria–Plant Symbioses, in: S. Perotto, F. Baluška (Eds.), Signaling and Communication in Plant Symbiosis, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 93–121.

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 Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Company Claims Their Flying Car Will Hit Markets In Two Years, 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, School Meal Programs: Experiences of the States and Districts That Eliminated Reduced-price Fees, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2009.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L.L. Karas, Information systems and technology leaders in merger and acquisition integrations, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2017.

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. Florio, O. Shapiro, The Future of Racing Plugs Into Red Hook, New York Times. (2017) MB1.

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 titleSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
AbbreviationSol. Energy Mater. Sol. Cells
ISSN (print)0927-0248
ScopeRenewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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