How to format your references using the Forensic Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Forensic 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. Grillner, Neuroscience. Human locomotor circuits conform, Science. 334 (2011) 912–913.
A journal article with 2 authors
H. Adesnik, M. Scanziani, Lateral competition for cortical space by layer-specific horizontal circuits, Nature. 464 (2010) 1155–1160.
A journal article with 3 authors
S.W. Poulton, P.W. Fralick, D.E. Canfield, The transition to a sulphidic ocean approximately 1.84 billion years ago, Nature. 431 (2004) 173–177.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
V. Patil, A. Capone, S. Strauf, E.-H. Yang, Improved photoresponse with enhanced photoelectric contribution in fully suspended graphene photodetectors, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2791.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M.C. Carvalho, Practical Laboratory Automation, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2016.
An edited book
J. Kacprzyk, L. Magnani, P. Li, eds., Model-Based Reasoning in Science, Technology, and Medicine, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
C.C. Aggarwal, Graphical Models for Uncertain Data, in: C.C. Aggarwal (Ed.), Managing and Mining Uncertain Data, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2009: pp. 1–36.

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 Forensic Chemistry.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Record Breaking Female Shark Stores Sperm For Almost 4 Years, IFLScience. (2015).


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, HUD-Assisted Renters, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1995.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
K. Valdez, Taking a closer look at the mental health services act of 2004: A policy analysis, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2015.

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
T. Cowen, In an Uber World, Fortune Favors the Freelancer, New York Times. (2015) BU6.

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 titleForensic Chemistry
AbbreviationForensic Chem.
ISSN (print)2468-1709
ScopeAnalytical Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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