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
R. Dajani, Universities must inspire students as well as teach, Nature. 502 (2013) 411.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.J. Williams, N.D. Martinez, Simple rules yield complex food webs, Nature. 404 (2000) 180–183.
A journal article with 3 authors
F.W. Ohl, H. Scheich, W.J. Freeman, Change in pattern of ongoing cortical activity with auditory category learning, Nature. 412 (2001) 733–736.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
N. Zeng, Y. Ding, J. Pan, H. Wang, J. Gregg, Sustainable development. Climate change--the Chinese challenge, Science. 319 (2008) 730–731.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Ancheyta, Modeling and Simulation of Catalytic Reactors for Petroleum Refining, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
M. Friedman, Calculus Light, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Bollobás, Z. Füredi, I. Kantor, G.O.H. Katona, I. Leader, A coding problem for pairs of subsets, in: J. Matoušek, J. Nešetřil, M. Pellegrini (Eds.), Geometry, Structure and Randomness in Combinatorics, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, 2014: pp. 47–59.

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, Farmers Are Using Laser Beams In The Battle Against Geese, 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, Procedures and Policies of the Energy Research and Development Administration, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1976.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
G. Kim, Development of a nutrition-based curriculum for farm-to-school programs for the fourth and fifth grades, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
B. Kenigsberg, Film Series, New York Times. (2017) C28.

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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