How to format your references using the Ultrasonics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Ultrasonics. 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
J.R. Brown, ESSAYS ON SCIENCE AND SOCIETY: Privatizing the University--the New Tragedy of the Commons, Science. 290 (2000) 1701–1702.
A journal article with 2 authors
G.H. Roe, M.B. Baker, Why is climate sensitivity so unpredictable?, Science. 318 (2007) 629–632.
A journal article with 3 authors
G.A. Amodeo, M.J. Rudolph, L. Tong, Crystal structure of the heterotrimer core of Saccharomyces cerevisiae AMPK homologue SNF1, Nature. 449 (2007) 492–495.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
U. Wagner, S. Gais, H. Haider, R. Verleger, J. Born, Sleep inspires insight, Nature. 427 (2004) 352–355.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L.B. Castañeda, V. Arunachalam, S. Dharmaraja, Introduction to Probability and Stochastic Processes with Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
G.K. Wenning, A. Fanciulli, eds., Multiple System Atrophy, Springer, Vienna, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
F. Agneessens, J. Koskinen, Modeling Individual Outcomes Using a Multilevel Social Influence (MSI) Model: Individual Versus Team Effects of Trust on Job Satisfaction in an Organisational Context, in: E. Lazega, T.A.B. Snijders (Eds.), Multilevel Network Analysis for the Social Sciences: Theory, Methods and Applications, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 81–105.

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 Ultrasonics.

Blog post
T. Hale, Baby Giant Squid Caught In Japan, 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, NASA: Medium Launch Transition Strategy Leverages Ongoing Investments but Is Not Without Risk, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2010.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. Kopaygorodsky, Mathematical Model of Ultra-Rapid PSA, Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, 2001.

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
A. Qin, Old Wounds Exposed on Film, New York Times. (2015) C1.

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 titleUltrasonics
ISSN (print)0041-624X
ScopeAcoustics and Ultrasonics

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