How to format your references using the Chemistry of Materials citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chemistry of Materials. 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
Tromans, A. Plant Biology. Volatile Defence. Nature 2000, 408 (6814), 785.
A journal article with 2 authors
Miller, M. W.; Williams, E. S. Prion Disease: Horizontal Prion Transmission in Mule Deer. Nature 2003, 425 (6953), 35–36.
A journal article with 3 authors
Skipper, M.; Dhand, R.; Campbell, P. Presenting ENCODE. Nature 2012, 489 (7414), 45.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Zhang, Y.; Liu, Y.; Chen, J.; Guo, Q.; Wang, T.; Pang, H. Cobalt Vanadium Oxide Thin Nanoplates: Primary Electrochemical Capacitor Application. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 5687.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bonneau, D.; Fatu, A.; Souchet, D. Hydrodynamic Bearings; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
The Inside Text: Social, Cultural and Design Perspectives on SMS; Harper, R., Palen, L., Taylor, A., Eds.; The Kluwer International Series on Computer Supported Cooperative Work; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2005; Vol. 4.
A chapter in an edited book
Dai, F.; Xu, Y. Weighted Polynomial Inequalities. In Approximation Theory and Harmonic Analysis on Spheres and Balls; Xu, Y., Ed.; Springer Monographs in Mathematics; Springer: New York, NY, 2013; pp 105–126.

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 of Materials.

Blog post
Taub, B. Archaeologists Have Discovered A Brand New Ancient God (accessed 2018 -10 -30).


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. Aviation Safety: Better Oversight Would Reduce the Risk of Air Taxi Accidents; T-RCED-92-27; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Peacock, C. Design Science Research toward Designing/Prototyping a Repeatable Model for Testing Location Management (LM) Algorithms for Wireless Networking. Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN, 2012.

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
Walsh, M. W. Major Changes in Rhode Island Pension Overhaul. New York Times. September 26, 2015, p B6.

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 titleChemistry of Materials
AbbreviationChem. Mater.
ISSN (print)0897-4756
ISSN (online)1520-5002
ScopeGeneral Chemical Engineering
General Chemistry
Materials Chemistry

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