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
L. Helmuth, NEUROSCIENCE: Synapses Shout to Overcome Distance, Science. 289 (2000) 1273b.
A journal article with 2 authors
T.D. Wheeler, A.D. Stroock, The transpiration of water at negative pressures in a synthetic tree, Nature. 455 (2008) 208–212.
A journal article with 3 authors
S. Hurtley, C. Ash, L. Roberts, Tuberculosis & malaria. Landscapes of infection. Introduction, Science. 328 (2010) 841.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
T. Scopigno, G. Ruocco, F. Sette, G. Monaco, Is the fragility of a liquid embedded in the properties of its glass?, Science. 302 (2003) 849–852.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. Hoffmann, System Integration, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2005.
An edited book
M. Gavanelli, E. Lamma, F. Riguzzi, eds., AI*IA 2015 Advances in Artificial Intelligence: XIVth International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, Ferrara, Italy, September 23-25, 2015, Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
S.H. Oh, J.T. Lhm, CDMA2000 1X & 1X EV-DO, in: Y. Park, F. Adachi (Eds.), Enhanced Radio Access Technologies for Next Generation Mobile Communication, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2007: pp. 151–190.

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, Would We Want To Regenerate Brains Of Patients Who Are Clinically Dead?, 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, Data Center Consolidation: Reporting Can Be Improved to Reflect Substantial Planned Savings, 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
A. Shelton-Quinn, Increasing positive peer reporting and on -task behavior using a peer monitoring interdependent group contingency program with public posting, Doctoral dissertation, Mississippi State University, 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
J.W. Peters, A Conspiracy Theorist, His False Comey Tweet And a Runaway Story, New York Times. (2017) A22.

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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