How to format your references using the Journal of Chemical Ecology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Chemical Ecology. 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
Seeberger PH (2005) Exploring life’s sweet spot. Nature 437:1239
A journal article with 2 authors
Richter JD, Theurkauf WE (2001) Development. The message is in the translation. Science 293:60–62
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamashiro H, Isomura N, Sakai K (2014) Bloom of the cyanobacterium Moorea bouillonii on the gorgonian coral Annella reticulata in Japan. Sci Rep 4:6032
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Maiolino R, Schneider R, Oliva E, et al (2004) A supernova origin for dust in a high-redshift quasar. Nature 431:533–535

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bragg SM (2010) The New CFO Financial Leadership Manual. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Arcoumanis C, Kamimoto T (eds) (2009) Flow and Combustion in Reciprocating Engines. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Oughton DH (2016) Societal and Ethical Aspects of Radiation Risk Perception. In: Shigemura J, Chhem RK (eds) Mental Health and Social Issues Following a Nuclear Accident: The Case of Fukushima. Springer Japan, Tokyo, pp 45–54

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 Journal of Chemical Ecology.

Blog post
Davis J (2017) Vaccine Breakthrough Of 1962 Has Saved 10 Million Lives Globally. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1992) Job Training Partnership Act: Actions Needed to Improve Participant Support Services. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Davidson AO (2009) Observing action research processes in practice. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina

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
Saslow L (2007) Nassau to Transfer 9 Parks And 12 Roads to Town. New York Times 14LI2

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Seeberger 2005).
This sentence cites two references (Richter and Theurkauf 2001; Seeberger 2005).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Richter and Theurkauf 2001)
  • Three or more authors: (Maiolino et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Chemical Ecology
AbbreviationJ. Chem. Ecol.
ISSN (print)0098-0331
ISSN (online)1573-1561
ScopeEcology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
General Medicine

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