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
Smaglik, P. Tissue Donors Use Their Influence in Deal over Gene Patent Terms. Nature 2000, 407 (6806), 821.
A journal article with 2 authors
Carrington, J. C.; Ambros, V. Role of MicroRNAs in Plant and Animal Development. Science 2003, 301 (5631), 336–338.
A journal article with 3 authors
Dubash, N. K.; Fleurbaey, M.; Kartha, S. Climate Policy. Political Implications of Data Presentation. Science 2014, 345 (6192), 36–37.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Leaver, M.; Domínguez-Cuevas, P.; Coxhead, J. M.; Daniel, R. A.; Errington, J. Life without a Wall or Division Machine in Bacillus Subtilis. Nature 2009, 457 (7231), 849–853.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bain, B. J.; Wild, B. J.; Stephens, A. D.; Phelan, L. A. Variant Haemoglobins; Wiley-Blackwell: Oxford, UK, 2010.
An edited book
Biotechnology of Isoprenoids; Schrader, J., Bohlmann, J., Eds.; Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2015; Vol. 148.
A chapter in an edited book
Nevile, J. W. Policies to Minimise the Costs of Unemployment. In Post-Keynesian Essays from Down Under Volume III: Essays on Ethics, Social Justice and Economics: Theory and Policy in an Historical Context; Harcourt, G. C., Kriesler, P., Nevile, J. W., Eds.; ACOSS paper; Palgrave Macmillan UK: London, 2016; pp 45–66.

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
Davis, J. Maternal Deaths Worldwide Have Almost Halved In 25 Years. IFLScience. (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. Better Criteria Needed for Awarding Grants for School Desegregation; HRD-78-36; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1978.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Tapal, S. S. Is the Fourth Generation of Six Sigma an Effective Professional Development Model in K-12 Education? Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 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
Joy, S. Bags That Don’t Brag. New York Times. September 25, 2014, p E17.

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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