How to format your references using the Journal of Cheminformatics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Cheminformatics. 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
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Yoder AD (2013) Evolution. Fossils versus clocks. Science 339:656–658
A journal article with 2 authors
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Chou I-H, Chouard T (2008) Neuropsychiatric disease. Nature 455:889
A journal article with 3 authors
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Li Y, Zhang X, Cao D (2013) The role of shape complementarity in the protein-protein interactions. Sci Rep 3:3271
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Gruszczyk J, Kanjee U, Chan L-J, et al (2018) Transferrin receptor 1 is a reticulocyte-specific receptor for Plasmodium vivax. Science 359:48–55

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Quéguiner B (2016) The Biogeochemical Cycle of Silicon in the Ocean. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Mathis K (2009) Efficiency Instead of Justice?: Searching for the Philosophical Foundations of the Economic Analysis of Law. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
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Wise JC (2016) Enhancing Resistance Management and Performance of Biorational Insecticides with Novel Delivery Systems in Tree Fruit IPM. In: Horowitz AR, Ishaaya I (eds) Advances in Insect Control and Resistance Management. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 77–92

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 Cheminformatics.

Blog post
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Andrew E (2013) Researchers Discover Huge Mega-Predator Dinosaur. In: IFLScience. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/researchers-discover-huge-mega-predator-dinosaur/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (1993) Patent and Trademark Office: Key Processes for Managing Automated Patent System Development Are Weak. 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
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Lazareva O (2010) Constructed wetland/filter basin system as a prospective pre-treatment option for aquifer storage and recovery and a potential remedy for elevated arsenic. Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida

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
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Cooper M (2017) Cecilia Bartoli May Return to New York. New York Times C2

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 titleJournal of Cheminformatics
AbbreviationJ. Cheminform.
ISSN (online)1758-2946
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry
Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
Computer Science Applications
Library and Information Sciences

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