Information for Publishers

Creating Styles in Bulk

When a publisher uses the same citation style for multiple journals, it is relatively easy for us to generate CSL styles for all these journals, provided we have access to a spreadsheet with journal metadata. An overview of the title, print ISSN, and electronic ISSN of each journal can already be enough. If you are a publisher and would like to help us create CSL styles for your journals, and keep them up to date, please get in touch.

If no CSL style is available yet for your citation format, we can help with that as well for a small fee. It is of course also possible to create a CSL style yourself.

The majority of our CSL styles are already automatically generated, using journal metadata provided by the following publishers:

  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • American Fisheries Society (AFS)
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)
  • American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Annual Reviews
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • BioMed Central (BMC)
  • BMJ Publishing Group
  • Copernicus Publications
  • Current Opinion (by Elsevier)
  • Elsevier
  • Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)
  • Frontiers
  • Future Science Group
  • Healio
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • International Union of Crystallography (IUCr)
  • IOP Publishing
  • Landes Bioscience
  • Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS)
  • Spandidos Publications
  • Springer
  • Taylor & Francis
  • The Geological Society of London
  • Thomson-Reuters Australia (law journals)
  • Trends (by Cell Press)

Linking to CSL Styles

For publishers and journal editors who wish to link to a CSL style in their “Instructions to Authors”, we recommend the following:

First, consider linking to the CSL style in our style repository instead of self-hosting the CSL style.  If you already created your own CSL style, submitting the style to our repository is relatively straightforward. Linking to the style from the repository has several advantages: styles in the repository benefit from our quality control and are actively maintained, kept under version control, and can easily be improved by you as well as by the user community.

Second, if you choose to link to a style from the repository, we recommend linking to the copy in the Zotero Style Repository, which mirrors our GitHub repository (e.g. the APA style at is also available at Linking to the style in the Zotero Style Repository provides for a better user experience: users of Zotero for Firefox are automatically prompted to install the style when clicking a style link in Firefox, and the style automatically downloads for all other users. In contrast, web browsers typically present users with the raw XML when visiting the GitHub link, after which users have to manually download the style to their computer, which is an extra step.

Finally, make sure to include “CSL” or “Citation Style Language” in the link name. Sometimes we come across journals that link to a CSL style as “Style for Zotero”. This can be confusing to users, since CSL styles can also be used with many other reference manager tools, such as Mendeley and Papers. Instead, use e.g. “CSL style (Zotero, Mendeley, Papers, etc.)” or “Citation Style Language style (Zotero, Mendeley, Papers, etc.)”.