How to format your references using the Inorganics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Inorganics. 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Postma, E. Comment on “Additive genetic breeding values correlate with the load of partially deleterious mutations.” Science 2011, 333, 1221.
A journal article with 2 authors
Keeling, M.J.; Gilligan, C.A. Metapopulation dynamics of bubonic plague. Nature 2000, 407, 903–906.
A journal article with 3 authors
Godfrey, D.I.; Pellicci, D.G.; Smyth, M.J. Immunology. The elusive NKT cell antigen--is the search over? Science 2004, 306, 1687–1689.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Weng, A.P.; Ferrando, A.A.; Lee, W.; Morris, J.P., 4th; Silverman, L.B.; Sanchez-Irizarry, C.; Blacklow, S.C.; Look, A.T.; Aster, J.C. Activating mutations of NOTCH1 in human T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Science 2004, 306, 269–271.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Boillot, M. Advanced Smart Grids for Distribution System Operators: Volume 1; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2014; ISBN 9781119054030.
An edited book
Xin, X. Control Design and Analysis for Underactuated Robotic Systems; Liu, Y., Ed.; Springer: London, 2014; ISBN 9781447162506.
A chapter in an edited book
Heinzmann, G.; Trognon, A.; Tremblay, F. Correspondence Between Evert Willem Beth and Jean Piaget (1951–1955). In Interdisciplinary Works in Logic, Epistemology, Psychology and Linguistics: Dialogue, Rationality, and Formalism; Rebuschi, M., Batt, M., Heinzmann, G., Lihoreau, F., Musiol, M., Trognon, A., Eds.; Logic, Argumentation & Reasoning; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2014; pp. 45–93 ISBN 9783319030432.

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 Inorganics.

Blog post
Andrew, E. What Would Your Christmas Dinner Look Like Without Bees? Available online: (accessed on Oct 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 Space Station: Cost to Operate After Assembly is Uncertain; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1999;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Timko, E.J. Polynomial Tuples of Commuting Isometries Constrained by 1-Dimensional Varieties. Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University: Bloomington, IN, 2017.

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
Hiked, T.F.P.; Contributed to This Article:; Beedy, J.; Cooley, A.P.; Dickinson, B.; Dickinson, J.; Greenwood, J.; Kelly, C.; Lacks, J.; Manning, J.; et al. BLISTERS AND BLISS ON A FROSTY BEACH. New York Times 1985, 11LI28.

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 titleInorganics
ISSN (online)2304-6740

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