How to format your references using the Arabian Journal of Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Arabian Journal of Chemistry. 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
Vihinen, M., 2015. No more hidden solutions in bioinformatics. Nature 521, 261.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kreft, H., Jetz, W., 2013. Comment on “An update of Wallace’s zoogeographic regions of the world.” Science 341, 343.
A journal article with 3 authors
Savill, J., Gregory, C., Haslett, C., 2003. Cell biology. Eat me or die. Science 302, 1516–1517.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Delsuc, F., Brinkmann, H., Chourrout, D., Philippe, H., 2006. Tunicates and not cephalochordates are the closest living relatives of vertebrates. Nature 439, 965–968.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ushakov, I., 2012. Probabilistic Reliability Models. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
Suit, H.D., 2011. Evolution of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Springer US, Boston, MA.
A chapter in an edited book
Peter, H., 2014. Magnetic Field Diagnostics and Spatio-Temporal Variability of the Solar Transition Region, in: Tomczyk, S., Zhang, J., Bastian, T. (Eds.), Coronal Magnetometry. Springer, New York, NY, pp. 69–85.

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 Arabian Journal of Chemistry.

Blog post
Hale, T., 2016. This New Shade Of Blue Was Accidentally Discovered By Chemists [WWW Document]. IFLScience. URL (accessed 10.30.18).


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, 2011. Aviation Safety: Status of FAA’s Actions to Oversee the Safety of Composite Airplanes (No. GAO-11-849). U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Theodore, J.A., 2014. A Framework for Comparative Analysis of Gene Expressions and Mutations Linked to Cancer (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
Vecsey, G., 2010. A Modest Proposal Says Colleges Should Educate. New York Times B14.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Vihinen, 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Kreft and Jetz, 2013; Vihinen, 2015).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Kreft and Jetz, 2013)
  • Three or more authors: (Delsuc et al., 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleArabian Journal of Chemistry
AbbreviationArab. J. Chem.
ISSN (print)1878-5352
ScopeGeneral Chemical Engineering
General Chemistry

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