How to format your references using the Structural Control and Health Monitoring citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Structural Control and Health Monitoring. 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
Henderson DA. Frank Fenner (1914-2010). Nature 2011; 469(7328): 35.
A journal article with 2 authors
Clavien PA, Deiss J. Leadership: ten tips for choosing an academic chair. Nature 2015; 519(7543): 286–287.
A journal article with 3 authors
Marston JO, Riker PW, Thoroddsen ST. Generation of ultra-sound during tape peeling. Scientific Reports 2014; 4: 4326.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
Rahul PRC, Bhawar RL, Ayantika DC, Panicker AS, Safai PD, Tharaprabhakaran V, et al. Double blanket effect caused by two layers of black carbon aerosols escalates warming in the Brahmaputra River Valley. Scientific Reports 2014; 4: 3670.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Wubbolding RE. Reality Therapy and Self-Evaluation. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association; 2017.
An edited book
Ernest P. The Philosophy of Mathematics Education. Cham: Springer International Publishing; 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Freudenburg WR, Gramling R, Laska S, Erikson KT. The Growth Machine Comes to New Orleans. In: Gramling R, Laska S, Erikson KT, editors. Catastrophe in the Making: The Engineering of Katrina and the Disasters of Tomorrow, Washington, DC: Island Press/Center for Resource Economics; 2012.

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 Structural Control and Health Monitoring.

Blog post
Luntz S. Orangutans Come Down From The Trees. IFLScience 2015.


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. WMATA’s Administrative Costs and Largo Extension. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 1996.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Wylie RW. Response to Intervention: A Study of Intervention Programs in Rural Secondary Schools. Doctoral dissertation. Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO, 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
Crow K. How AT&T Picks Plays: Tracking “Bright Ideas.” New York Times 2002: F13.

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 titleStructural Control and Health Monitoring
AbbreviationStruct. Contr. Health Monit.
ISSN (online)1545-2263
ScopeCivil and Structural Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
Building and Construction

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