How to format your references using the Vacuum citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Vacuum. 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
B.J. Strasser, Genetics. GenBank--Natural history in the 21st Century?, Science. 322 (2008) 537–538.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Kaufman, J. Jing, China and AIDS--the time to act is now, Science. 296 (2002) 2339–2340.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Logoteta, G. Fiori, G. Iannaccone, Graphene-based lateral heterostructure transistors exhibit better intrinsic performance than graphene-based vertical transistors as post-CMOS devices, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6607.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
K.-I. Ho, C.-H. Huang, J.-H. Liao, W. Zhang, L.-J. Li, C.-S. Lai, C.-Y. Su, Fluorinated graphene as high performance dielectric materials and the applications for graphene nanoelectronics, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5893.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P. Massotte, P. Corsi, Smart Decisions in Complex Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
P. Remagnino, D.N. Monekosso, L.C. Jain, eds., Innovations in Defence Support Systems – 3: Intelligent Paradigms in Security, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Slutsker, A.L. Roytburd, G.B. McFadden, J.A. Warren, Phase Field Modeling of Solidification and Melting of a Confined Nano-Particle, in: T.-J. Chuang, P.M. Anderson, M.-K. Wu, S. Hsieh (Eds.), Nanomechanics of Materials and Structures, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2006: pp. 33–43.

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 Vacuum.

Blog post
J. O`Callaghan, Nominations For The “Science Oscars” Have Opened With More Than $20m Up For Grabs, IFLScience. (2017). (accessed October 30, 2018).


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, Highlights of a Forum: Financial Literacy: The Role of the Workplace, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E.A. Xiao, Understanding Employment to Entrepreneurship Transitions among Women Working in the Tech Industry, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 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
B.L.F.G.T.C.S.J.K.C.C.A.R.B.O.E.J. Van Witsendavid Montefioregina Paglia, Letters TO THE EDITOR; The Arts and Mrs. Mondale Apple Annie Fashions Girth and Great Voices, New York Times. (1978) The New York Times MagazineSM28.

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 titleVacuum
ISSN (print)0042-207X
ScopeSurfaces, Coatings and Films
Condensed Matter Physics

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