How to format your references using the Solutions citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Solutions. 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
Powell, K. Age is no barrier. Nature 432, 40–42 (2004).
A journal article with 2 authors
Coburn, W & Boggs, SE. Polarization of the prompt gamma-ray emission from the gamma-ray burst of 6 December 2002. Nature 423, 415–417 (2003).
A journal article with 3 authors
Li, J,An, J,& Ting, CS. Interaction-induced localization of mobile impurities in ultracold systems. Scientific reports 3, 3147 (2013).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Vecchione, M et al. Worldwide observations of remarkable deep-sea squids. Science (New York, N.Y.) 294, 2505 (2001).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Al-Malah, KIM. Aspen Plus® (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2016).
An edited book
Advanced Sensors For Safety And Security (Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013).
A chapter in an edited book
Jakić, B. in Hacking Europe: From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes (eds. Alberts, G. & Oldenziel, R.) 107–128 (Springer, London, 2014).

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 Solutions.

Blog post
Hale, T. Somebody Has Found Another ‘Giant Spoon’ On Mars. IFLScience [online] (2016).


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. Railroad Safety: DOT Faces Challenges In Improving Grade Crossing Safety, Track Inspection Standards, And Passenger Car Safety (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1996).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Schoenecker, KD. Determinants of life satisfaction: Generated and ranked by undergraduate college students. (Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 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
Kelly, C. New Libraries That Don’t Just Go by the Book. New York Times WE9 (2007).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleSolutions
ISSN (print)2154-0896
ISSN (online)2154-0926

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