How to format your references using the Tribology Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Tribology Letters. 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
Glass, R.I.: Brain disorders across the lifespan. Nature. 527, S150 (2015)
A journal article with 2 authors
Whalan, S., Webster, N.S.: Sponge larval settlement cues: the role of microbial biofilms in a warming ocean. Sci. Rep. 4, 4072 (2014)
A journal article with 3 authors
Chen, S., Zhang, Y.E., Long, M.: New genes in Drosophila quickly become essential. Science. 330, 1682–1685 (2010)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
He, H., Bourges, P., Sidis, Y., Ulrich, C., Regnault, L.P., Pailhès, S., Berzigiarova, N.S., Kolesnikov, N.N., Keimer, B.: Magnetic resonant mode in the single-layer high-temperature superconductor Tl2Ba2CuO(6+delta). Science. 295, 1045–1047 (2002)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nógrádi, M.: Stereoselective Synthesis. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany (2007)
An edited book
Guntenspergen, G.R. ed: Application of Threshold Concepts in Natural Resource Decision Making. Springer, New York, NY (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Erozan, Y.S., Tatsas, A.: Biliary Tract. In: Tatsas, A. (ed.) Cytopathology of Liver, Biliary Tract, Kidney and Adrenal Gland. pp. 103–114. Springer US, Boston, MA (2015)

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 Tribology Letters.

Blog post
Hamilton, K.: Aircraft Contrails Make Clouds Brighter – New Study,


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: Federal Employers’ Liability Act: Issues Associated With Changing How Railroad Work-Related Injuries Are Compensated. 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
Wasserman, M.M.: Psychological Symptoms, Family Functioning, and Religious Coping in Second- and Third-Generation Holocaust Survivors, (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
Kelly, S.R.: How the Carolinas Fixed Their Blurred Lines, (2014)

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 titleTribology Letters
AbbreviationTribol. Lett.
ISSN (print)1023-8883
ISSN (online)1573-2711
ScopeMechanical Engineering
Mechanics of Materials
Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Surfaces and Interfaces

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