How to format your references using the The Journal of Space Safety Engineering citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Space Safety 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
J. Knight, Tomorrow’s world, Nature. 426 (2003) 709–711.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.M. Flowers, K.A. Farley, Apatite 4He/3He and (U-Th)/He evidence for an ancient Grand Canyon, Science. 338 (2012) 1616–1619.
A journal article with 3 authors
K. Kikushima, S. Kita, H. Higuchi, A non-invasive imaging for the in vivo tracking of high-speed vesicle transport in mouse neutrophils, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1913.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.M. Armani, R.P. Kulkarni, S.E. Fraser, R.C. Flagan, K.J. Vahala, Label-free, single-molecule detection with optical microcavities, Science. 317 (2007) 783–787.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.K. Kazimierczuk, RF Power Amplifiers, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
H. Niederreiter, D. Talay, eds., Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods 2004, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Afonso, The Domestic Regulation of Transnational Labour Markets: EU Enlargement and the Politics of Labour Migration in Switzerland and Ireland, in: L. Bruszt, R. Holzhacker (Eds.), The Transnationalization of Economies, States, and Civil Societies: New Challenges for Governance in Europe, Springer US, New York, NY, 2009: pp. 83–106.

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 The Journal of Space Safety Engineering.

Blog post
J. Davis, Chinese Scientists Look Set To Start First Human Trails Of CRISPR Next Month, IFLScience. (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, Superfund: EPA Needs to Better Focus Cleanup Technology Development, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.A. Schwartz, Safe Travels? An Examination of the Search and Rescue Policies and Capabilities in the Northwest Passage Region, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
S. Kelly, There’s Nothing Like a Dame, New York Times. (1992) 729.

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 titleThe Journal of Space Safety Engineering
ISSN (print)2468-8967

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