How to format your references using the Inorganic Chemistry Communications citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Inorganic Chemistry Communications. 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
D.J. Cook, Computer science. How smart is your home?, Science. 335 (2012) 1579–1581.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.M. O’Connor, P.J. Kenny, Neuroscience: Binge drinking and brain stress systems, Nature. 520 (2015) 168–169.
A journal article with 3 authors
Y. Wang, W. Yun, C. Jacobsen, Achromatic Fresnel optics for wideband extreme-ultraviolet and X-ray imaging, Nature. 424 (2003) 50–53.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.M. Weisberg, S. Johnston, B. Koribalski, S. Stanimirovic, Discovery of pulsed OH maser emission stimulated by a pulsar, Science. 309 (2005) 106–110.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Bayés de Luna, Clinical Arrhythmology, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2011.
An edited book
S. Attal, A. Joye, C.-A. Pillet, eds., Open Quantum Systems II: The Markovian Approach, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
J.M. Crespo, G. Betarte, C. Luna, A Framework for the Analysis of Access Control Models for Interactive Mobile Devices, in: S. Berardi, F. Damiani, U. de’Liguoro (Eds.), Types for Proofs and Programs: International Conference, TYPES 2008 Torino, Italy, March 26-29, 2008 Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009: pp. 49–63.

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 Communications.

Blog post
T. Hale, Can You Guess What Object Is In These Microscopic Images?, IFLScience. (2016). (accessed October 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, Surface Transportation: Issues Associated With Pipeline Regulation by the Surface Transportation Board, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R.J. Ware, Middle School Students’ Perceptions of Their Interests in Reading As Defined By Engagement and Social Interaction When Using Sustained Silent Reading, SSR, and Peer Interests Reading Strategies, PIRS, Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, 2012.

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
M. Phillips-Sandy, Autocorrect and the Tao of Texting, New York Times. (2016) A23.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 Communications
AbbreviationInorg. Chem. Commun.
ISSN (print)1387-7003
ScopeInorganic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Materials Chemistry

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