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
Halliday, A. N. Mixing, Volatile Loss and Compositional Change during Impact-Driven Accretion of the Earth. Nature 2004, 427 (6974), 505–509.
A journal article with 2 authors
Bowman, J. D.; Rogers, A. E. E. A Lower Limit of Δz > 0.06 for the Duration of the Reionization Epoch. Nature 2010, 468 (7325), 796–798.
A journal article with 3 authors
McElwain, J. C.; Wagner, P. J.; Hesselbo, S. P. Fossil Plant Relative Abundances Indicate Sudden Loss of Late Triassic Biodiversity in East Greenland. Science 2009, 324 (5934), 1554–1556.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Fornadi, K.; Ronai, K. Z.; Turanyi, C. Z.; Malavade, T. S.; Shapiro, C. M.; Novak, M.; Mucsi, I.; Molnar, M. Z. Sleep Apnea Is Not Associated with Worse Outcomes in Kidney Transplant Recipients. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 6987.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Brown, D. J. Cinnolines and Phthalazines: Supplement II; Chemistry of Heterocyclic Compounds: A Series Of Monographs; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
Giaquinta, M. Mathematical Analysis: Linear and Metric Structures and Continuity; Modica, G., Ed.; Birkhäuser: Boston, MA, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
Håkonsson, D. D.; Obel, B.; Burton, R. M. Rational Emotionality: Integrating Emotions into Psychological Climate. In Designing Organizations: 21st Century Approaches; Burton, R. M., Eriksen, B., Håkonsson, D. D., Knudsen, T., Snow, C. C., Eds.; Information and Organization Design Series; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2008; pp 59–81.

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. Darwin’s Theory May Be Brilliant But It Doesn’t Explain Everything. 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. Glossary of EDP Terminology; 130989; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1986.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Copeland, A. D. A Qualitative Study of Clinical Oncology Nurses’ Perceptions of Work-Life Balance. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 2013.

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
Cowen, T. Open Markets, but Maybe Not Open Minds. New York Times. January 24, 2015, p BU6.

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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