How to format your references using the Inorganic Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Inorganic 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.
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
Wilson, E. O. Environment: Early Ant Plagues in the New World. Nature 2005, 433 (7021), 32.
A journal article with 2 authors
Nitzan, A.; Ratner, M. A. Electron Transport in Molecular Wire Junctions. Science 2003, 300 (5624), 1384–1389.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gagné, J.-P.; Rouleau, M.; Poirier, G. G. Structural Biology. PARP-1 Activation--Bringing the Pieces Together. Science 2012, 336 (6082), 678–679.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Xu, J.; Guo, Z.; Zhang, J.; Cui, L.; Zhang, S.; Bai, Y. Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in the Mitochondrial Displacement Loop and Age-at-Onset of Renal Cell Carcinoma. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2408.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Neave, E. H. Modern Financial Systems; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
An edited book
Topics in Discrete Mathematics: Dedicated to Jarik Nešetřil on the Occasion of His 60th Birthday; Klazar, M., Kratochvíl, J., Loebl, M., Matoušek, J., Valtr, P., Thomas, R., Eds.; Algorithms and Combinatorics; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006; Vol. 26.
A chapter in an edited book
Prokou, E. University Reform in Greece: A Shift from Intrinsic to Extrinsic Values. In Changing Educational Landscapes: Educational Policies, Schooling Systems and Higher Education - a comparative perspective; Mattheou, D., Ed.; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2010; pp 59–74.

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 Inorganic Chemistry.

Blog post
Hale, T. This Fish Hijacks Females Eggs And Clones Itself. IFLScience. (accessed 2018-10-30).


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. Aviation Safety: FAA’s Risk-Based Oversight for Repair Stations Could Benefit from Additional Airline Data and Performance Metrics [Reissued on September 2, 2016]; GAO-16-679; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Andrews, M. Health Literacy Competencies for Health Professionals: A Delphi Study. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 2014.

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
Billard, M. Shop Till You’re Thirsty. New York Times. May 27, 2010, p E6.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleInorganic Chemistry
AbbreviationInorg. Chem.
ISSN (print)0020-1669
ISSN (online)1520-510X
ScopeInorganic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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