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
A. van de Walle. Melting Mechanisms. Simulations provide a rare look at real melting. Science 2014, 346 (6210), 704–705.
A journal article with 2 authors
S.J. Morrison, J. Kimble. Asymmetric and symmetric stem-cell divisions in development and cancer. Nature 2006, 441 (7097), 1068–1074.
A journal article with 3 authors
T.F. Jaeger, D. Pontillo, P. Graff. Comment on “Phonemic diversity supports a serial founder effect model of language expansion from Africa.” Science 2012, 335 (6072), 1042; author reply 1042.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
S. Radajewski, P. Ineson, N.R. Parekh, J.C. Murrell. Stable-isotope probing as a tool in microbial ecology. Nature 2000, 403 (6770), 646–649.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Malcolm. The British and Irish Short Story Handbook; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
A Tissue Regeneration Approach to Bone and Cartilage Repair; Zreiqat, H., Dunstan, C. R., Rosen, V., Eds.; Mechanical Engineering Series; Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Möser, J.L. Barros. Sonido estructural. In Ingeniería Acústica: Teoría y Aplicaciones; Barros, J. L., Ed.; Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009; pp 115–140.

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
R. Andrews. The Burial Site Of Jesus Christ May Be About To Collapse (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. Inspectors General: Alleged Misconduct by NASA Inspector General; OSI-95-9; 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
H.L. Osterhout. No More “Mad Money”: Salvaging the Commander’s Emergency Response Program. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2010.

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
M.J. de la MERCED. Oscar Health and Humana Team Up in Small-Firm Venture. New York Times. July 12, 2017, p B3.

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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