How to format your references using the Chemical Data Collections citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chemical Data Collections. 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
C. Robinson, Flight of fancy, Nature. 434 (2005) 827.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.D. Wolchok, T.A. Chan, Cancer: Antitumour immunity gets a boost, Nature. 515 (2014) 496–498.
A journal article with 3 authors
A. Veríssimo, M.A. Cochrane, C. Souza Jr, Ecology. National forests in the Amazon, Science. 297 (2002) 1478.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
V. Chabot, B. Kim, B. Sloper, C. Tzoganakis, A. Yu, High yield production and purification of few layer graphene by gum arabic assisted physical sonication, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1378.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
T. Coenen, Essentials of Corporate Fraud, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2008.
An edited book
T. Eliades, G. Eliades, eds., Plastics in Dentistry and Estrogenicity: A Guide to Safe Practice, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Greiner, B. Fincke, Productive Government Spending, Public Debt and Growth, in: B. Fincke (Ed.), Public Debt, Sustainability and Economic Growth: Theory and Empirics, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 147–203.

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 Data Collections.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, Antimatter Breakthrough Sheds Light On Matter’s Shadowy Twin, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 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, Metropolitan Planning Organizations: Options Exist to Enhance Transportation Planning Capacity and Federal Oversight, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2009.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. Meluzzi, Computational Analysis of DNA Interactions to Investigate the Spatial Organization of Chromatin, Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego, 2013.

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
A. Kaminer, A. Southall, Baruch College Student Dies After Fraternity Ritual in Poconos, New York Times. (2013) A29.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 Data Collections
AbbreviationChem. Data Coll.
ISSN (print)2405-8300

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