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
S.E. Brenner, Be prepared for the big genome leak, Nature. 498 (2013) 139.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Field, R. Fullagar, Archaeology and Australian megafauna, Science. 294 (2001) 7.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.O. Marston, P.W. Riker, S.T. Thoroddsen, Generation of ultra-sound during tape peeling, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4326.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Kuiken, G. Rimmelzwaan, D. van Riel, G. van Amerongen, M. Baars, R. Fouchier, A. Osterhaus, Avian H5N1 influenza in cats, Science. 306 (2004) 241.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Verdu, Oxidative Ageing of Polymers, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
J.-L. Montchamp, ed., Phosphorus Chemistry II: Synthetic Methods, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
J.M. Novak, D.E. Armstrong, B. Browne, Leading Others, in: D.E. Armstrong, B. Browne (Eds.), Leading For Educational Lives: Inviting and Sustaining Imaginative Acts of Hope in a Connected World, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2014: pp. 69–83.

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
E. Andrew, Researchers Grow A Breast In A Petri Dish, IFLScience. (2015). (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, NASA: Actions Needed to Improve Transparency and Assess Long-Term Affordability of Human Exploration Programs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C.C. Turkel, Female leaders’ 360-degree self -perception accuracy for leadership competencies and skills, Doctoral dissertation, Capella University, 2008.

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
S. Cowley, Wells Fargo Workers Claim Retaliation for Playing by the Rules, New York Times. (2016) B1.

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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