How to format your references using the Advanced Organic Chemistry Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Advanced Organic Chemistry 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
H. Nowotny. Preserve the European Research Council’s legacy. Nature 2013, 504 (7479), 189.
A journal article with 2 authors
M. Joanicot, A. Ajdari. Applied physics. Droplet control for microfluidics. Science 2005, 309 (5736), 887–888.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Baron-Cohen, R.C. Knickmeyer, M.K. Belmonte. Sex differences in the brain: implications for explaining autism. Science 2005, 310 (5749), 819–823.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
E.A. Federzoni, M. Humbert, B.E. Torbett, et al. CEBPA-dependent HK3 and KLF5 expression in primary AML and during AML differentiation. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 4261.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Pagliaro. Nano-Age; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2010.
An edited book
Architecture of Computing Systems - ARCS 2006: 19th International Conference, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, March 13-16, 2006. Proceedings; Grass, W., Sick, B., Waldschmidt, K., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006; Vol. 3894.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Elsden-Clifton, K. Jordan. Reframing Professional Experience. In Global Learning in the 21st Century; Barkatsas, T., Bertram, A., Eds.; SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2016; pp 57–70.

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 Advanced Organic Chemistry Letters.

Blog post
S. Luntz. Mysterious Lake Appears In The Middle Of The Desert Without Explanation (accessed Oct 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. Information Technology: OMB’s Dashboard Has Increased Transparency and Oversight, but Improvements Needed; GAO-10-701; 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
J. Tang. Understanding the college experiences of Cambodian American students. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2013.

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
The following scouting report on the Oakland Athletics was prepared by Tom Kelly, The Manager of The, with the editorial assistance of Michael Martinez. This Team Flattens Opponents. New York Times. October 14, 1988, p D17.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleAdvanced Organic Chemistry Letters
ISSN (print)2348-1889

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