How to format your references using the Chinese Chemical Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chinese Chemical Letters. 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
R. Morrow, Engineering. Wi-Fi-Fo-Fum, Science. 320 (2008) 1018–1019.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.R. Betts, R.C. Atkinson, Education. Better research needed on the impact of charter schools, Science. 335 (2012) 171–172.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Kobayashi, N. Goto-Yamamoto, H. Hirochika, Retrotransposon-induced mutations in grape skin color, Science. 304 (2004) 982.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B. Rasmussen, S. Bengtson, I.R. Fletcher, N.J. McNaughton, Discoidal impressions and trace-like fossils more than 1200 million years old, Science. 296 (2002) 1112–1115.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
P.J. Hunt, J.E. Kennedy, Financial Derivatives in Theory and Practice: Hunt/Financial Derivatives, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2005.
An edited book
D. Gabrys-Barker, ed., Cross-linguistic Influences in Multilingual Language Acquisition, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Y. Özpak, M. Aykan, M. Çalışkan, Energy Harvesting from Piezoelectric Stacks Using Impacting Beam, in: A. Wicks (Ed.), Shock & Vibration, Aircraft/Aerospace, and Energy Harvesting, Volume 9: Proceedings of the 33rd IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2015, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 25–37.

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 Chinese Chemical Letters.

Blog post
J. Fang, Kangaroos Have Five Legs, IFLScience. (2014). (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, Space Acquisitions: DOD Delivering New Generations of Satellites, but Space System Acquisition Challenges Remain, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2011.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.S. Grass, Assessing the impacts of air pollution and extreme weather on human health in the urban environment, Doctoral dissertation, Columbia University, 2008.

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
K. Kelly, Achieving Techno-Literacy, New York Times. (2010) MM21.

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 titleChinese Chemical Letters
AbbreviationChin. Chem. Lett.
ISSN (print)1001-8417
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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