How to format your references using the Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Brody H (2012) Human papillomavirus. Nature 488:S1
A journal article with 2 authors
Zens MS, Webb CO (2002) Ecology. Sizing up the shape of life. Science 295:1475–1476
A journal article with 3 authors
Didham RK, Ewers RM, Gemmell NJ (2005) Comment on “Avian extinction and mammalian introductions on oceanic islands.” Science 307:1412; author reply 1412
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Caley T, Extier T, Collins JA, et al (2018) A two-million-year-long hydroclimatic context for hominin evolution in southeastern Africa. Nature 560:76–79

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bartley T (2011) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Apps JN, Newby RF, Roberts LW (2010) Pediatric Neuropsychology Case Studies: From the Exceptional to the Commonplace. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Thibodeau K (2016) Research Issues in Archival Provenance. In: Lemieux VL (ed) Building Trust in Information: Perspectives on the Frontiers of Provenance. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 69–78

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 Computer-Aided Molecular Design.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Rising CO2 Levels Are Changing How Fast Forests Cycle Water. 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 (1976) Review of Energy Research and Development Administration’s Requirements for Safety Analysis Reports. 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
Little K (2013) Using Ancient and Modern Fishes to Track Environmental Change in the Illinois River. Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois 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
Walsh MW (2011) The Burden Of Pensions On States. New York Times B1

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 Computer-Aided Molecular Design
AbbreviationJ. Comput. Aided Mol. Des.
ISSN (print)0920-654X
ISSN (online)1573-4951
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry
Computer Science Applications
Drug Discovery

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