How to format your references using the Chemical Communications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chemical Communications. 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
P. Bradford, Nature, 2012, 483, 151–152.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Diao and M. Lowe, Science, 2004, 305, 48–49.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. Dutzler, E. B. Campbell and R. MacKinnon, Science, 2003, 300, 108–112.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. J. He, K. Meghani, M.-C. Caron, C. Yang, D. A. Ronato, J. Bian, A. Sharma, J. Moore, J. Niraj, A. Detappe, J. G. Doench, G. Legube, D. E. Root, A. D. D’Andrea, P. Drané, S. De, P. A. Konstantinopoulos, J.-Y. Masson and D. Chowdhury, Nature, 2018, 563, 522–526.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T. A. Waigh, The Physics of Living Processes, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
M. B. Paulsen, Ed., Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research: Volume 28, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2013, vol. 28.
A chapter in an edited book
M. El-Salhy, J. G. Hatlebakk and T. Hausken, in Understanding and Controlling the Irritable Bowel, eds. J. G. Hatlebakk and T. Hausken, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015, pp. 39–43.

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 Chemical Communications.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, Earth’s Oxygen Levels Continue To Decline,, (accessed 30 October 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, China: U.S. Universities in China Emphasize Academic Freedom but Face Internet Censorship and Other Challenges, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T. W. Goldstein, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 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
J. Williams, New York Times, 2016, C1.

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 titleChemical Communications
AbbreviationChem. Commun. (Camb.)
ISSN (print)1359-7345
ISSN (online)1364-548X
General Chemistry
Ceramics and Composites
Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
Materials Chemistry
Metals and Alloys
Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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