How to format your references using the Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling. 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
Claeys, M. Comment on “Unexpected Epoxide Formation in the Gas-Phase Photooxidation of Isoprene.” Science 2010, 327 (5966), 644; author reply 644.
A journal article with 2 authors
Schulz, C.; Rehling, P. Cell Biology. Powering the Cell Cycle. Science 2014, 346 (6213), 1059–1060.
A journal article with 3 authors
McMichael, A. J.; Butler, C. D.; Folke, C. New Visions for Addressing Sustainability. Science 2003, 302 (5652), 1919–1920.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Li, H.-L.; Wang, Y.-Y.; An, S.-Q.; Zhi, Y.-B.; Lei, G.-C.; Zhang, M.-X. Sediment Type Affects Competition between a Native and an Exotic Species in Coastal China. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 6748.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bhaduri, S.; Mukesh, D. Homogeneous Catalysis; John Wiley & Sons, Inc: Hoboken, NJ, 2014.
An edited book
Probation: 12 Essential Questions; McNeill, F., Durnescu, I., Butter, R., Eds.; Palgrave Macmillan UK: London, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Benz, W. Hyperbolic Geometry, Dimension-Free. In Non-Euclidean Geometries: János Bolyai Memorial Volume; Prékopa, A., Molnár, E., Eds.; Mathematics and Its Applications; Springer US: Boston, MA, 2006; pp 97–107.

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 Information and Modeling.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Breast Milk Custom Formulated For Baby’s Gender (accessed 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. Aviation Security: Measures for Testing the Impact of Using Commercial Data for the Secure Flight Program; GAO-05-324; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Fair, C. L. Structure of the Roberts Mountains Allochthon in the Three Bar Ranch Quadrangle, Roberts Mountains, Eureka County, Nevada. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach: Long Beach, CA, 2012.

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
Sisario, B. Songkick Sells Name and Concert-Recommending Service. New York Times. July 14, 2017, p B6.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleJournal of Chemical Information and Modeling
AbbreviationJ. Chem. Inf. Model.
ISSN (print)1549-9596
ISSN (online)1549-960X
ScopeGeneral Chemical Engineering
General Chemistry
Computer Science Applications
Library and Information Sciences

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