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
Heremans JP (2014) Thermoelectricity: The ugly duckling. Nature 508:327–328
A journal article with 2 authors
Yang Z-G, Zhang C-T (2013) A proposal for a novel impact factor as an alternative to the JCR impact factor. Sci Rep 3:3410
A journal article with 3 authors
Wake H, Lee PR, Fields RD (2011) Control of local protein synthesis and initial events in myelination by action potentials. Science 333:1647–1651
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Schwoerer H, Pfotenhauer S, Jäckel O, et al (2006) Laser-plasma acceleration of quasi-monoenergetic protons from microstructured targets. Nature 439:445–448

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sewell G (2005) Computational Methods of Linear Algebra. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Rai B (2013) Evidence-Based Forensic Dentistry. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Berveiller P, Mir O (2016) Pharmacokinetics of Systemic Anticancer Therapies During Pregnancy. In: Azim HA Jr (ed) Managing Cancer during Pregnancy. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 55–70

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
Taub B (2016) Your Personality Is Controlled By Your Immune System, According To New Study. 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 (1970) Comments on H.R. 16443. 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
Walsh CT (2005) Molecular Pharmacodynamics of Chemotherapy: Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) Inhibitors as Chemosensitizers. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University

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
Button L (2014) We Were a Party of Two, but Never Quite Alone. New York Times ST6

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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