How to format your references using the Coordination Chemistry Reviews citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Coordination Chemistry 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
J.S. Hovnanian, Let Armenia show why it’s the place for Sesame, Nature. 405 (2000) 508.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.-C. Miguel, S. Zapperi, Materials science. Fluctuations in plasticity at the microscale, Science. 312 (2006) 1149–1150.
A journal article with 3 authors
W. Kiessling, C. Simpson, M. Foote, Reefs as cradles of evolution and sources of biodiversity in the Phanerozoic, Science. 327 (2010) 196–198.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M. Lindskog, P. Svenningsson, L. Pozzi, Y. Kim, A.A. Fienberg, J.A. Bibb, B.B. Fredholm, A.C. Nairn, P. Greengard, G. Fisone, Involvement of DARPP-32 phosphorylation in the stimulant action of caffeine, Nature. 418 (2002) 774–778.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
C. Brown, Mastering Elliott Wave Principle, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
M.U. Schuhmann, M. Czosnyka, eds., Intracranial Pressure and Brain Monitoring XIV, Springer, Vienna, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Dušek, T. Jindra, Measuring Biomechanics of the Vision Process, Sensory Fusion and Image Observation Features, in: R.M. Natal Jorge, J.M.R.S. Tavares, M. Pinotti Barbosa, A.P. Slade (Eds.), Technologies for Medical Sciences, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2012: pp. 87–112.

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 Coordination Chemistry Reviews.

Blog post
J. Fang, New Membrane Keeps Your Heart Beating, 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, Correctional Institutions Can Do More To Improve the Employability of Offenders, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1979.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
F. Gambini, Leadership capacity for succession and sustainability in a family-owned private school, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 2011.

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
C. Hahamovitch, The Lessons of Belle Glade, New York Times. (2013) A25.

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 titleCoordination Chemistry Reviews
AbbreviationCoord. Chem. Rev.
ISSN (print)0010-8545
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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