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
Helfand, S. L. Neurobiology. Chaperones Take Flight. Science 2002, 295 (5556), 809–810.
A journal article with 2 authors
Giessen, H.; Vogelgesang, R. Physics. Glimpsing the Weak Magnetic Field of Light. Science 2009, 326 (5952), 529–530.
A journal article with 3 authors
Kuhlen, M.; Madau, P.; Silk, J. Exploring Dark Matter with Milky Way Substructure. Science 2009, 325 (5943), 970–973.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Vander Weele, C. M.; Siciliano, C. A.; Matthews, G. A.; Namburi, P.; Izadmehr, E. M.; Espinel, I. C.; Nieh, E. H.; Schut, E. H. S.; Padilla-Coreano, N.; Burgos-Robles, A.; Chang, C.-J.; Kimchi, E. Y.; Beyeler, A.; Wichmann, R.; Wildes, C. P.; Tye, K. M. Dopamine Enhances Signal-to-Noise Ratio in Cortical-Brainstem Encoding of Aversive Stimuli. Nature 2018, 563 (7731), 397–401.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Braha, A.; Groza, G. Moderne Abwassertechnik; Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA: Weinheim, FRG, 2006.
An edited book
Midfacial Rejuvenation, 1st ed.; Hartstein, M. E., Wulc, A. E., Holck, D. E. E., Eds.; Springer: New York, NY, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Rondeau, M.; Seube, N.; Denuf, J. L. Surveying in Hostile and Non Accessible Areas with the Bathymetric HydroBall $$^{\circledR }$$ ® Buoy. In Quantitative Monitoring of the Underwater Environment: Results of the International Marine Science and Technology Event MOQESM´14 in Brest, France; Zerr, B., Jaulin, L., Creuze, V., Debese, N., Quidu, I., Clement, B., Billon-Coat, A., Eds.; Ocean Engineering & Oceanography; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016; pp 47–56.

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
Andrews, R. Researchers Exploring Egyptian Cemetery Stumble Across Astonishing Find (accessed Oct 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. Olympic Security: Better Planning Can Enhance U.S. Support to Future Olympic Games; GAO-06-753; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2006.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Grannis, K. S. Secular Spiritual Quests in Modern American Novels, 1922–1960. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 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
Shear, M. D. How White House Officials Explained That 18-Day Wait. New York Times. May 9, 2017, p A20.

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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