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
MacWilliams, B. Russia Pulls out of Antarctic Station. Nature 2003, 422 (6928), 104.
A journal article with 2 authors
Moscou, M. J.; Bogdanove, A. J. A Simple Cipher Governs DNA Recognition by TAL Effectors. Science 2009, 326 (5959), 1501.
A journal article with 3 authors
Usami, Y.; Wu, Y.; Göttlinger, H. G. SERINC3 and SERINC5 Restrict HIV-1 Infectivity and Are Counteracted by Nef. Nature 2015, 526 (7572), 218–223.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Khang, D.-Y.; Jiang, H.; Huang, Y.; Rogers, J. A. A Stretchable Form of Single-Crystal Silicon for High-Performance Electronics on Rubber Substrates. Science 2006, 311 (5758), 208–212.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gray, D. F.; Malone, S. W. Macrofinancial Risk Analysis; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.: Chichester, West Sussex, UK, 2008.
An edited book
Mediterranean Art and Education: Navigating Local, Regional and Global Imaginaries Through the Lens of the Arts And Learning; Baldacchino, J., Vella, R., Eds.; Comparative and International Education, A Diversity of Voices; SensePublishers: Rotterdam, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
Van Horn, P.; Reyes, V. Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Infants and Very Young Children. In Evidence-Based Approaches for the Treatment of Maltreated Children: Considering core components and treatment effectiveness; Timmer, S., Urquiza, A., Eds.; Child Maltreatment; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2014; pp 61–77.

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, D. Magma Power: How Superheated Molten Rock Could Provide Renewable Energy. 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. Software Tools and Techniques; 128750; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1985.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Aquino-Centeno, S. Contesting Social Memories and Identities in the Zapotec Sierra of Oaxaca, Mexico. Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2009.

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
Sisario, B. The ‘Coolest Man’ Heads to the Library. New York Times. March 2, 2017, p C21.

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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