How to format your references using the Vibrational Spectroscopy citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Vibrational Spectroscopy. 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
M. Högbom, Nitrogenase Mechanism. A dynamic tool for nitrogen reduction, Science. 345 (2014) 1568.
A journal article with 2 authors
P.G. Falkowski, Y. Isozaki, Geology. The story of O2, Science. 322 (2008) 540–542.
A journal article with 3 authors
P.D. Pearson, E. Moje, C. Greenleaf, Literacy and science: each in the service of the other, Science. 328 (2010) 459–463.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Burmester, B. Weich, S. Reinhardt, T. Hankeln, A vertebrate globin expressed in the brain, Nature. 407 (2000) 520–523.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.F. Taber, Organic Synthesis, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2006.
An edited book
L. Joubert, ed., Educating in the Arts: The Asian Experience: Twenty-Four Essays, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
M.C. Kemp, T.-N. Binh, On Trade Gains and International Disparities in Factor Proportions, in: T. Kamihigashi, L. Zhao (Eds.), International Trade and Economic Dynamics: Essays in Memory of Koji Shimomura, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 13–18.

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 Vibrational Spectroscopy.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Paralyzed Woman Flew A Fighter Jet Simulator Using Her Thoughts, IFLScience. (2015). (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, National Science Foundation: Need for Additional Icebreaking Research Vessel Not Demonstrated, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N. Malkus, Beneath the district averages: Intradistrict differences in teacher compensation expenditures, Doctoral dissertation, University of Maryland, College Park, 2012.

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
G. Loomis, One “Lulu” Has Little New to Say, While Another Can Do No Wrong, New York Times. (2012) 0.

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 titleVibrational Spectroscopy
AbbreviationVib. Spectrosc.
ISSN (print)0924-2031

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