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
E. Russo, New lease of life for tropical medicine, Nature. 428 (2004) 966–967.
A journal article with 2 authors
I. Sharon, J.F. Banfield, Microbiology. Genomes from metagenomics, Science. 342 (2013) 1057–1058.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Jiang, L. Zhao, D.E. Clapham, Genome-wide RNAi screen identifies Letm1 as a mitochondrial Ca2+/H+ antiporter, Science. 326 (2009) 144–147.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
L. Zhang, C. Israel, A. Biswas, R.L. Greene, A. de Lozanne, Direct observation of percolation in a manganite thin film, Science. 298 (2002) 805–807.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D.B. Malpass, E.I. Band, Introduction to Industrial Polypropylene, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
D.M. Whitacre, ed., Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology Volume 232, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
P.A. Hesp, M.J. Hilton, Restoration of Foredunes and Transgressive Dunefields: Case Studies from New Zealand, in: M.L. Martínez, J.B. Gallego-Fernández, P.A. Hesp (Eds.), Restoration of Coastal Dunes, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 67–92.

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
E. Andrew, Chromosome Errors Cause Many Pregnancies To End Before They Are Even Detected, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Information Technology: Implementing Best Practices and Reform Initiatives Can Help Improve the Management of Investments, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
L.S. Eller, Social media as avenue for personal learning for educators: Personal learning networks encourage application of knowledge and skills, Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University, 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
B. Zuckert, Desperately Searching for Track 16, New York Times. (2016) A20.

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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