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
Abbott A (2000) German researchers seek legal backing for stem cell work. Nature 404:424
A journal article with 2 authors
Iijima N, Iwasaki A (2014) T cell memory. A local macrophage chemokine network sustains protective tissue-resident memory CD4 T cells. Science 346:93–98
A journal article with 3 authors
Savrasov SY, Kotliar G, Abrahams E (2001) Correlated electrons in delta-plutonium within a dynamical mean-field picture. Nature 410:793–795
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Houbaert A, Zhang C, Tiwari M, et al (2018) POLAR-guided signalling complex assembly and localization drive asymmetric cell division. Nature 563:574–578

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Donald H, Robert D. G (2006) Longitudinal Data Analysis: Hedeker/Longitudinal. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Rogers GAJ (2008) Studies on Locke: Sources, Contemporaries, and Legacy. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Moffitt MA, Lee DC, Bradley K (2009) Spinal Cord Stimulation: Engineering Approaches to Clinical and Physiological Challenges. In: Greenbaum E, Zhou D (eds) Implantable Neural Prostheses 1: Devices and Applications. Springer US, New York, NY, pp 155–194

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) The Robots Are Coming For Your Job! Why Digital Literacy Is So Important For The Jobs Of The Future. 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 (1995) Teacher Training: Status and Participants’ Views of Delta Teachers Academy. 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
McCarroll ML (2005) Exercise and Airway Clearing Devices in Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 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
Johnson G (2010) Den of Antiquities. New York Times BR8

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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