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
zur Hausen H (2011) Science addict. Nature 478:S12
A journal article with 2 authors
Hegerl GC, Bindoff NL (2005) Ocean science. Warming the world’s oceans. Science 309:254–255
A journal article with 3 authors
Bergquist DC, Williams FM, Fisher CR (2000) Longevity record for deep-sea invertebrate. Nature 403:499–500
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Hatziioannou T, Princiotta M, Piatak M Jr, et al (2006) Generation of simian-tropic HIV-1 by restriction factor evasion. Science 314:95

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Borisenko VE, Ossicini S (2012) What is What in the Nanoworld. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany
An edited book
Cherry MJ (2006) The death of metaphysics; the death of culture: Epistemology, Metaphysics, and Morality. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Stoian R (2012) Optimizing Laser-Induced Refractive Index Changes in Optical Glasses via Spatial and Temporal Adaptive Beam Engineering. In: Osellame R, Cerullo G, Ramponi R (eds) Femtosecond Laser Micromachining: Photonic and Microfluidic Devices in Transparent Materials. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 67–91

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
Andrew E (2015) What Happens During Sleep? 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 (2011) Information Technology: Continued Improvements in Investment Oversight and Management Can Yield Billions in Savings. 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
Dillard C (2017) Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Implementation Science. 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
Strauss B (2016) In Baltimore, This Song Is Their Song. New York Times D3

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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