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
R. Lakes. MATERIALS SCIENCE: Deformations in Extreme Matter. Science 2000, 288 (5473), 1976–1977.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.T. Froehler, C.J. Duffy. Cortical neurons encoding path and place: where you go is where you are. Science 2002, 295 (5564), 2462–2465.
A journal article with 3 authors
Z. Tang, N.A. Kotov, M. Giersig. Spontaneous organization of single CdTe nanoparticles into luminescent nanowires. Science 2002, 297 (5579), 237–240.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
J.R. Swedlow, I. Goldberg, E. Brauner, P.K. Sorger. Informatics and quantitative analysis in biological imaging. Science 2003, 300 (5616), 100–102.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Gordon, S. Hernandez. The Official (ISC) 2® Guide to the SSCP 2® CBK 2®; John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana, 2016.
An edited book
The Physics of the Early Universe; Papantonopoulos, E., Ed.; Lecture Notes in Physics; Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005; Vol. 653.
A chapter in an edited book
K. White. Remote Sensing Of Aeolian Dust Production And Distribution. In Desertification and Risk Analysis Using High and Medium Resolution Satellite Data: Training Workshop on Mapping Desertification; Marini, A., Talbi, M., Eds.; NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security; Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2009; pp 59–69.

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. One-Off Legal Sale Of Ivory Stockpiles Led To A Dramatic Increase In Elephant Poaching (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. Improper Use of Federal Student Aid Funds for Lobbying Activities; HRD-82-107; U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1982.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N.M. Messian. The Spiral of Time: A Path to the Soul—Jewish Mystical and Depth Psychological Perspectives. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA, 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
J. Kanter. E.U. Countries Must Accept Their Share of Migrants, Court Rules. New York Times. September 6, 2017, p A10.

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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