How to format your references using the Chemical Reviews citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chemical Reviews. 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
Zewail, A. H. Science for the Have-Nots. Nature 2001, 410 (6830), 741.
A journal article with 2 authors
Hertzfeld, H. R.; Pace, S. N. Space Law. International Cooperation on Human Lunar Heritage. Science 2013, 342 (6162), 1049–1050.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hewitt, S. C.; Deroo, B. J.; Korach, K. S. Signal Transduction. A New Mediator for an Old Hormone? Science 2005, 307 (5715), 1572–1573.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Levine, J. A.; Lanningham-Foster, L. M.; McCrady, S. K.; Krizan, A. C.; Olson, L. R.; Kane, P. H.; Jensen, M. D.; Clark, M. M. Interindividual Variation in Posture Allocation: Possible Role in Human Obesity. Science 2005, 307 (5709), 584–586.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Morana, J. Sustainable Supply Chain Management; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ USA, 2013.
An edited book
Brazilian Studies in Philosophy and History of Science: An Account of Recent Works; Krause, D., Videira, A., Eds.; Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2011; Vol. 290.
A chapter in an edited book
Ferretti, M.; Parmentola, A. The University-Driven LISs. In The Creation of Local Innovation Systems in Emerging Countries: The Role of Governments, Firms and Universities; Parmentola, A., Ed.; SpringerBriefs in Regional Science; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2015; pp 91–114.

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 Reviews.

Blog post
Hale, T. A Mind-Bending Mirror Illusion Turns Circles Into Squares (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. High Speed Passenger Rail: Effectively Using Recovery Act Funds for High Speed Rail Projects; GAO-09-786T; 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
Tetley, J. An Investigation of Self-Authorship, Hope, and Meaning in Life among Second-Year College Students. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2009.

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. Smile When You Say It: Same Old Jets. New York Times. January 20, 2011, p B25.

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 Reviews
AbbreviationChem. Rev.
ISSN (print)0009-2665
ISSN (online)1520-6890
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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