How to format your references using the South African Journal of Chemical Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for South African Journal of Chemical Engineering. 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
Larson, R.G., 2000. Fluid dynamics. Turbulence without inertia. Nature 405, 27–28.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tozer, S., Morin, X., 2014. Neuroscience. Young neurons sever ties to the parental niche. Science 343, 146–147.
A journal article with 3 authors
Atran, S., Axelrod, R., Davis, R., 2007. Social science. Sacred barriers to conflict resolution. Science 317, 1039–1040.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Viana, M.P., Strano, E., Bordin, P., Barthelemy, M., 2013. The simplicity of planar networks. Sci. Rep. 3, 3495.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wolf, K.H., Barnes, R., 2010. VoIP Emergency Calling. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
An edited book
Kountchev, R., Iantovics, B. (Eds.), 2013. Advances in Intelligent Analysis of Medical Data and Decision Support Systems, Studies in Computational Intelligence. Springer International Publishing, Heidelberg.
A chapter in an edited book
Buckley, N., Nagar, A.K., Arumugam, S., 2014. AnimVSS: Frame-Based Visual Secret Sharing, in: Pant, M., Deep, K., Nagar, A., Bansal, J.C. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Soft Computing for Problem Solving: SocProS 2013, Volume 1, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Springer India, New Delhi, pp. 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 South African Journal of Chemical Engineering.

Blog post
Fang, J., 2014. Oldest European Genome Sequenced [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 1971. Review of the Policies and Procedures of the Office of Education in Administering Contracts Awarded for the Purpose of Studying or Evaluating Educational Programs (No. B-164031(1)). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Obiedat, M., 2015. Incrementally Sorted Lattice Data Structures (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Vecsey, G., 2012. A Rivalry to Add to the City’s Rich History. New York Times D1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Larson, 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Larson, 2000; Tozer and Morin, 2014).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Tozer and Morin, 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Viana et al., 2013)

About the journal

Full journal titleSouth African Journal of Chemical Engineering
AbbreviationS. Afr. J. Chem. Eng.
ISSN (print)1026-9185

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