How to format your references using the Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics. 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
C. Thomas, Cardiovascular biology, Nature. 473 (2011) 297.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.E. Fulton, M.E. Delany, Genetics. Poultry genetic resources--operation rescue needed, Science. 300 (2003) 1667–1668.
A journal article with 3 authors
T. Kumarevel, H. Mizuno, P.K.R. Kumar, Structural basis of HutP-mediated anti-termination and roles of the Mg2+ ion and L-histidine ligand, Nature. 434 (2005) 183–191.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K. Sun, J. Liu, Y. Gao, L. Jin, Y. Gu, W. Wang, Isolation, plant colonization potential, and phenanthrene degradation performance of the endophytic bacterium Pseudomonas sp. Ph6-gfp, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5462.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.L. Loriaux, A Biographical History of Endocrinology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
A.A. Alizadeh, Geosciences of Azerbaijan: Volume I: Geology, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
L.J. Harrison, Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Influences on School Transition, in: B. Perry, S. Dockett, A. Petriwskyj (Eds.), Transitions to School - International Research, Policy and Practice, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2014: pp. 61–74.

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 Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics.

Blog post
J. O`Callaghan, SpaceX Just Test-Fired A New Rocket Engine That Will Launch Missions To Mars, 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, Telecommunications: Characteristics and Competitiveness of the Internet Backbone Market, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Nguyen, Therapeutic groups for adults with mental illness and their caregivers: A grant proposal, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
L. Saslow, Nassau to Transfer 9 Parks And 12 Roads to Town, New York Times. (2007) 14LI2.

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 titleTheoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
AbbreviationTheor. Appl. Fract. Mech.
ISSN (print)0167-8442
ScopeMechanical Engineering
General Materials Science
Applied Mathematics
Condensed Matter Physics

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