How to format your references using the Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
L. Gravitz, Cancer immunotherapy, Nature. 504 (2013) S1.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.B. Rodell, J.A. Burdick, Materials science: Radicals promote magnetic gel assembly, Nature. 514 (2014) 574–575.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.H. Nielsen, S. Aloni, J.J. De Yoreo, In situ TEM imaging of CaCO₃ nucleation reveals coexistence of direct and indirect pathways, Science. 345 (2014) 1158–1162.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P. Högberg, A. Nordgren, N. Buchmann, A.F. Taylor, A. Ekblad, M.N. Högberg, G. Nyberg, M. Ottosson-Löfvenius, D.J. Read, Large-scale forest girdling shows that current photosynthesis drives soil respiration, Nature. 411 (2001) 789–792.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. El Hami, B. Radi, Uncertainty and Optimization in Structural Mechanics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
G.E. Mullin, L.J. Cheskin, L.E. Matarese, eds., Integrative Weight Management: A Guide for Clinicians, Springer, New York, NY, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
M.R.E. Dean, Consent, in: M.G. Cowling (Ed.), Vascular Interventional Radiology: Angioplasty, Stenting, Thrombolysis and Thrombectomy, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007: pp. 17–20.

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 Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Blog post
J. Fang, For Fish, Warmer Waters Are Okay, But Not Extreme Heat, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Policy Guidance 1963-1986: Interview With Donald J. Horan, Eugene L. Pahl, and Allen R. Voss, 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
C.-Y. Chen, The analysis of communication problems and language barriers between patients and physicians in California, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
E. Palmer, J. Otis, Tradition of Helping Neediest Cases Inspires Readers to Give Back, New York Times. (2017) A22.

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 titleCurrent Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry
AbbreviationCurr. Opin. Green Sustain. Chem.
ISSN (print)2452-2236
Process Chemistry and Technology
Chemistry (miscellaneous)
Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Waste Management and Disposal

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