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
Lepenies, W. Cultures of Knowledge. Nature 2001, 410, 629–630.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dubrulle, J.; Pourquié, O. Fgf8 MRNA Decay Establishes a Gradient That Couples Axial Elongation to Patterning in the Vertebrate Embryo. Nature 2004, 427, 419–422.
A journal article with 3 authors
Tarchini, B.; Duboule, D.; Kmita, M. Regulatory Constraints in the Evolution of the Tetrapod Limb Anterior-Posterior Polarity. Nature 2006, 443, 985–988.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Sahu, K.C.; Casertano, S.; Livio, M.; Gilliland, R.L.; Panagia, N.; Albrow, M.D.; Potter, M. Gravitational Microlensing by Low-Mass Objects in the Globular Cluster M22. Nature 2001, 411, 1022–1024.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Larkin, R.F.; DiTommaso, M. Wiley Not-for-Profit GAAP 2015; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2015; ISBN 9781118945209.
An edited book
Stuckenschmidt, H. Information Sharing on the Semantic Web; Harmelen, F. van, Ed.; Advanced Information and Knowlegde Processing; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005; ISBN 9783540205944.
A chapter in an edited book
Murshed, S.M. Globalisation, Marginalisation and Conflict. In Globalisation, Poverty and Conflict: A Critical “Development” Reader; Spoor, M., Ed.; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2005; pp. 67–80 ISBN 9781402028571.

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
Davis, J. Great Barrier Reef Is Facing Its Second Bleaching Event In Two Years (accessed on 30 October 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 Aviation Security: Status of TSA’s Acquisition of Technology for Screening Passenger Identification and Boarding Passes; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2012;

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Whitehead, C.F. Teacher Perceptions of the Effects of Parentification on Social Interactions in the School Setting. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2010.

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
Faludi, S. Not Their Mother’s Candidate. New York Times 2016, SR3.

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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