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
S.M. Kidwell, Preservation of species abundance in marine death assemblages, Science. 294 (2001) 1091–1094.
A journal article with 2 authors
B. Dobberstein, I. Sinning, Structural biology. Surprising news from the PCC, Science. 303 (2004) 320–322.
A journal article with 3 authors
H. Ishii, Y. Sakurai, T. Maruyama, Effect of soccer shoe upper on ball behaviour in curve kicks, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6067.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
R.F. Oulton, V.J. Sorger, T. Zentgraf, R.-M. Ma, C. Gladden, L. Dai, G. Bartal, X. Zhang, Plasmon lasers at deep subwavelength scale, Nature. 461 (2009) 629–632.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.S. Dacey, L.B. Fiore, S. Brion-Meisels, Your Child’s Social and Emotional Well-Being, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
J.F. Martínez-Trinidad, J.A. Carrasco Ochoa, J. Kittler, eds., Progress in Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis and Applications: 11th Iberoamerican Congress in Pattern Recognition, CIARP 2006 Cancun, Mexico, November 14-17, 2006 Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Duc Le, L. Thi Thu Vu, Climate Change’s Impact on Natural Hazards in Quang Nam Province, Mid-Central Vietnam, in: O. Bruun, T. Casse (Eds.), On the Frontiers of Climate and Environmental Change: Vulnerabilities and Adaptations in Central Vietnam, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 91–98.

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
E. Andrew, Study On Near-Death Experiences Sheds Light On Consciousness After Death, 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, Transportation Programs: Challenges Facing the Department of Transportation and Congress, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2009.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D. Svarda, Man 2 Man, 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. Barry, S. Kishkovsky, Russian Turnout Includes Thousands of Eager Election Observers, New York Times. (2012) A6.

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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