How to format your references using the Inorganica Chimica Acta citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Inorganica Chimica Acta. 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
J.L. Linsky, Astronomy. Voyagers of discovery, Science. 334 (2011) 1647–1648.
A journal article with 2 authors
O. Pauluis, J. Dias, Satellite estimates of precipitation-induced dissipation in the atmosphere, Science. 335 (2012) 953–956.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Giovannoni, B. Temperton, Y. Zhao, Giovannoni et al. reply, Nature. 499 (2013) E4-5.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A. Mall, J. Sobotta, C. Huber, C. Tschirner, S. Kowarschik, K. Bačnik, M. Mergelsberg, M. Boll, M. Hügler, W. Eisenreich, I.A. Berg, Reversibility of citrate synthase allows autotrophic growth of a thermophilic bacterium, Science. 359 (2018) 563–567.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Kent, ADA in Details, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2017.
An edited book
M. Ember, C.R. Ember, I. Skoggard, eds., Encyclopedia of Diasporas: Immigrant and Refugee Cultures Around the World, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
B. Law, K.J. Park, M.J. Lacki, Insectivorous Bats and Silviculture: Balancing Timber Production and Bat Conservation, in: C.C. Voigt, T. Kingston (Eds.), Bats in the Anthropocene: Conservation of Bats in a Changing World, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 105–150.

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 Inorganica Chimica Acta.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, Gas Cloud Glows Pink In The Light From New Stars, 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, Transportation Safety: Federal Highway Administration Should Conduct Research to Determine Best Practices in Permitting Oversize Vehicles, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.L. Crowell, A Case Study into the Perception of World Language Study of All Stakeholders in a Suburban Midwest School District, Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University, 2016.

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
R. Lyman, Polish Parliament Acts to Upend Nation’s Courts, New York Times. (2017) A1.

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 titleInorganica Chimica Acta
AbbreviationInorganica Chim. Acta
ISSN (print)0020-1693
ScopeInorganic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Materials Chemistry

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