How to format your references using the Educación Química citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Educación Química. 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
Rabitz, H. (2003). Chemistry. Shaped laser pulses as reagents. Science (New York, N.Y.), 299(5606), 525–527.
A journal article with 2 authors
Mirabel, I. F., & Rodrigues, I. (2003). Formation of a black hole in the dark. Science (New York, N.Y.), 300(5622), 1119–1120.
A journal article with 3 authors
Wen, J., Zhou, S., & Chen, J. (2014). Colorimetric detection of Shewanella oneidensis based on immunomagnetic capture and bacterial intrinsic peroxidase activity. Scientific Reports, 4, 5191.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
McGee, A. W., Yang, Y., Fischer, Q. S., Daw, N. W., & Strittmatter, S. M. (2005). Experience-driven plasticity of visual cortex limited by myelin and Nogo receptor. Science (New York, N.Y.), 309(5744), 2222–2226.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Knight, H. J. (2012). Patent Strategy. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Caner, A., Gülkan, P., & Mahmoud, K. (Eds.). (2016). Developments in International Bridge Engineering: Selected Papers from Istanbul Bridge Conference 2014 (1st ed. 2016, Vol. 9). Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Xu, X., & Tian, N. (2009). Performance Analysis of an M/M/1 Working Vacation Queue with Setup Times. In W. Yue, Y. Takahashi, & H. Takagi (Eds.), Advances in Queueing Theory and Network Applications (pp. 65–76). Springer.

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 Educación Química.

Blog post
Hale, T. (2017, January 3). Quadrantid Meteor Shower Will Light Up The Skies On Tuesday And Wednesday Night. IFLScience; IFLScience.


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. (2005). Department of Education’s Update of the State and Other Tax Allowance for Student Aid Award Year 2005-2006 (GAO-05-408R). U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Flannery, R. (2006). Clustering of Cyclic-Nucleotide-Gated Channels in Olfactory Cilia [Doctoral dissertation]. University of Cincinnati.

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
Vecsey, G. (2011, April 7). Great Pitching, Greater Expectations. New York Times, B17.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Rabitz, 2003).
This sentence cites two references (Mirabel & Rodrigues, 2003; Rabitz, 2003).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Mirabel & Rodrigues, 2003)
  • Three authors: (Wen et al., 2014)
  • 6 or more authors: (McGee et al., 2005)

About the journal

Full journal titleEducación Química
ISSN (print)0187-893X
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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