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
J.A. Assad. Neuroscience: Updating views of visual updating. Nature 2014, 507 (7493), 434–435.
A journal article with 2 authors
Z. Toroczkai, K.E. Bassler. Network dynamics: jamming is limited in scale-free systems. Nature 2004, 428 (6984), 716.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.K. Morewedge, Y.E. Huh, J. Vosgerau. Thought for food: imagined consumption reduces actual consumption. Science 2010, 330 (6010), 1530–1533.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
G.C.S. Smith, E.J. Stenhouse, J.A. Crossley, et al. Early-pregnancy origins of low birth weight. Nature 2002, 417 (6892), 916.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Muccini, S. Toffanin. Organic Light-Emitting Transistors; John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
Riverbank Filtration for Water Security in Desert Countries; Shamrukh, M., Ed.; NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security; Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Meissner. Instruments to measure Foresight. In Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for the Future: Potentials and Limits of Foresight Studies; Meissner, D., Gokhberg, L., Sokolov, A., Eds.; Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013; pp 43–62.

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
J. Davis. Patients Diagnosed With Drug-Resistant Malaria In The UK For The First Time (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. Aviation Research: Issues Related to FAA’s Research Activities; T-RCED-93-68; U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.A. Szurgyi. Leadership competencies required of Army officers to counter the Improvised Explosive Device threat. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 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. Vecsey. Bond Between Generations, With Football On the Side. New York Times. November 28, 2010, p SP1.

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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