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
Bowman JM (2008) Chemistry. Beyond Born-Oppenheimer. Science 319:40–41
A journal article with 2 authors
Kiel S, Little CTS (2006) Cold-seep mollusks are older than the general marine mollusk fauna. Science 313:1429–1431
A journal article with 3 authors
Dhuime B, Hawkesworth C, Cawood P (2011) Geochemistry. When continents formed. Science 331:154–155
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Xie ZQ, Bai J, Zhou YS, et al (2014) Control of crystallographic orientation in diamond synthesis through laser resonant vibrational excitation of precursor molecules. Sci Rep 4:4581

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Derbyshire E (2011) Nutrition in the Childbearing Years. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, West Sussex, UK
An edited book
Harris J (2008) Combinatorics and Graph Theory. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Napier M (2009) Making Urban Land Markets Work Better in South African Cities and Towns: Arguing the Basis for Access by the Poor. In: Lall SV, Freire M, Yuen B, et al (eds) Urban Land Markets: Improving Land Management for Successful Urbanization. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 71–97

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
Evans K (2016) Outrage As Norway Offers Licences To Kill Two-Thirds Of Its Endangered Wolf Population. 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 (1977) Establishing a Proper Fee Schedule Under the Independent Offices Appropriation Act, 1952. 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
Samel C (2014) Imagination and negotiation: Motivations for Cambodian women to marry Cambodian American men. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Parker J (2016) The Joys of Binge-Watching. New York Times BR10

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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