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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Chemical Sciences (J Chem Sci). 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
Nisini, B. 2000. ASTRONOMY: Enhanced: Water’s Role in Making Stars. Science (New York, N.Y.) 290: 1513–1514.
A journal article with 2 authors
Csete, Marie E., and John C. Doyle. 2002. Reverse engineering of biological complexity. Science (New York, N.Y.) 295: 1664–1669.
A journal article with 3 authors
Bejan, A., S. Ziaei, and S. Lorente. 2014. Evolution: why all plumes and jets evolve to round cross sections. Scientific reports 4: 4730.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Nan, Tianxiang, Yu Hui, Matteo Rinaldi, and Nian X. Sun. 2013. Self-biased 215 MHz magnetoelectric NEMS resonator for ultra-sensitive DC magnetic field detection. Scientific reports 3: 1985.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Stoop, Ineke, Jaak Billiet, Achim Koch, and Rory Fitzgerald. 2010. Improving Survey Response. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Barth, Gerold, ed. 2013. Yarrowia lipolytica: Biotechnological Applications. Vol. 25. Microbiology Monographs. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Piepkorn, Michael W., and Raymond L. Barnhill. 2014. Common Acquired and Atypical/Dysplastic Melanocytic Nevi. In Pathology of Melanocytic Nevi and Melanoma, ed. Raymond L. Barnhill, Michael W. Piepkorn, and Klaus J. Busam, 87–153. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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 Sciences.

Blog post
Andrew, Elise. 2015. Camera Traps Reveal What’s Happening As Wildlife Reclaims Chernobyl. IFLScience. IFLScience. April 28.


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. 2001. Space Shuttle Safety: Update on NASA’s Progress in Revitalizing the Shuttle Workforce and Making Safety Upgrades. GAO-01-1122T. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Currano, Luke J. 2010. Latching microelectromechanical shock sensor systems: Design, modeling, and experiments. Doctoral dissertation, College Park, MD: University of Maryland, College Park.

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
Crow, Kelly. 2003. You Talkin’ to Me? Less and Less These Days. New York Times, June 1.

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, 1].
This sentence cites four references [1, 1, 1, 1].

About the journal

Full journal titleJournal of Chemical Sciences
ISSN (print)0974-3626
ISSN (online)0973-7103

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