How to format your references using the Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
S. R. Norrby, Nature 2004, 431, 507.
A journal article with 2 authors
I. Braakman, M. Otsu, Science 2008, 321, 499.
A journal article with 3 authors
Y. Tsushima, Y. Sasaki, T. Watanabe, Science 2006, 314, 1786.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. G. Leventhal, Y. Wang, M. Pu, Y. Zhou, Y. Ma, Science 2003, 300, 812.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. B. Rubin, Fundamentals of Biophysics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
Learning through Community: Exploring Participatory Practices, ed. by Kathryn Church, Nina Bascia, Eric Shragge, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Ahmad, A. A. Md Radzi, M. A. Adnan, in Proceedings of the 2nd International Colloquium on Sports Science, Exercise, Engineering and Technology 2015 (ICoSSEET 2015), ed. by Shariman Ismadi Ismail, Norasrudin Sulaiman, Rahmat Adnan, Springer, Singapore, 2016, pp. 43–53.

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 Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan.

Blog post
T. Hale, The Weather Channel Shuts Down Breitbart For Misleading Climate Change Article.


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, Planning for the Security of Local Area Networks, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
J. E. Pitron, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 2008.

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, U.S. Coach Doesn’t Play the Superstar Card, 2011, B15.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference 2.
This sentence cites two references 2,4.
This sentence cites four references 2,4,6,8.

About the journal

Full journal titleBulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
AbbreviationBull. Chem. Soc. Jpn.
ISSN (print)0009-2673
ISSN (online)1348-0634
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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