How to format your references using the Chemistry Central Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chemistry Central Journal. 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
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Davis RJ (2003) Chemistry. All that glitters is not Au0. Science 301:926–927
A journal article with 2 authors
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Starace DM, Bezanilla F (2004) A proton pore in a potassium channel voltage sensor reveals a focused electric field. Nature 427:548–553
A journal article with 3 authors
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Kokoouline V, Greene CH, Esry BD (2001) Mechanism for the destruction of H+3 ions by electron impact. Nature 412:891–894
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Toor N, Keating KS, Taylor SD, Pyle AM (2008) Crystal structure of a self-spliced group II intron. Science 320:77–82

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Kivy P (2011) Once-Told Tales. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
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Doumpos M, Zopounidis C, Grigoroudis E (2016) Robustness Analysis in Decision Aiding, Optimization, and Analytics. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
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Pradel C (2015) Winged Immortals and Heavenly Beings Across the East Asian Skies. In: Gutschow N, Weiler K (eds) Spirits in Transcultural Skies: Auspicious and Protective Spirits in Artefacts and Architecture Between East and West. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 99–123

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 Chemistry Central Journal.

Blog post
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Andrew D (2016) Scientists Just Discovered A Secret American Manuscript That Was Hidden Under Paint For 500 Years. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/scientists-just-discovered-a-secret-american-manuscript-that-was-hidden-under-paint-for-500-years/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (1978) The Proper Use of Consultants, Experts, and Contractors. 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
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Hoang V (2009) Software maintenance: A program slicer using cross referencer. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
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Saslow L (2007) Nassau Comptroller Warns County on Finances. New York Times LI2

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 titleChemistry Central Journal
AbbreviationChem. Cent. J.
ISSN (online)1752-153X
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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