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
Levine, J. M. Ecology: A Trail Map for Trait-Based Studies. Nature 2016, 529 (7585), 163–164.
A journal article with 2 authors
Flint, J.; Munafò, M. Schizophrenia: Genesis of a Complex Disease. Nature 2014, 511 (7510), 412–413.
A journal article with 3 authors
Choi, W.-Y.; Giraldez, A. J.; Schier, A. F. Target Protectors Reveal Dampening and Balancing of Nodal Agonist and Antagonist by MiR-430. Science 2007, 318 (5848), 271–274.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Rigoni, M.; Caccin, P.; Gschmeissner, S.; Koster, G.; Postle, A. D.; Rossetto, O.; Schiavo, G.; Montecucco, C. Equivalent Effects of Snake PLA2 Neurotoxins and Lysophospholipid-Fatty Acid Mixtures. Science 2005, 310 (5754), 1678–1680.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Abran, A. Software Project Estimation; John Wiley & Sons, Inc: Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
Yin, Y. Data Mining: Concepts, Methods and Applications in Management and Engineering Design, 1st ed.; Kaku, I., Tang, J., Zhu, J., Eds.; Decision Engineering; Springer: London, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Hobby, B. D.; Wascher, D. C.; Schenck, R. C. Classification of Knee Dislocations and the Surgical Implications. In The Multiple Ligament Injured Knee: A Practical Guide to Management; Fanelli, G. C., Ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2013; pp 63–69.

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
Andrew, E. Astronomers Measure Exoplanet’s Day For The First Time (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. Freight Railroads: Updated Information on Rates and Other Industry Trends; GAO-07-291R; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Landry, C. A Phenomenological Investigation of the Factors That Influence Motivation, Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers Age 65 and Over. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University: Malibu, CA, 2017.

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
Williams, J. A Life in Art. New York Times. June 16, 2017, p BR6.

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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