How to format your references using the Journal of Mathematical Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Mathematical Chemistry. 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
1. J. Chambers, Nature 508, 51 (2014).
A journal article with 2 authors
1. P. A. Raymond and J. J. Cole, Science 301, 88 (2003).
A journal article with 3 authors
1. M. A. Sillanpää, J. I. Park, and R. W. Simmonds, Nature 449, 438 (2007).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. N. J. Croucher, S. R. Harris, C. Fraser, M. A. Quail, J. Burton, M. van der Linden, L. McGee, A. von Gottberg, J. H. Song, K. S. Ko, B. Pichon, S. Baker, C. M. Parry, L. M. Lambertsen, D. Shahinas, D. R. Pillai, T. J. Mitchell, G. Dougan, A. Tomasz, K. P. Klugman, J. Parkhill, W. P. Hanage, and S. D. Bentley, Science 331, 430 (2011).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. R. R. Lunt and J. D. Cunic, Profiles in Flue Gas Desulfurization (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2000).
An edited book
1. S. F. M. Duncan, Therapy of the Hand and Upper Extremity: Rehabilitation Protocols (Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015).
A chapter in an edited book
1. M. G. Velarde, V. A. Makarov, N. P. Castellanos, Y. L. Song, and D. Lombardo, in Spatial Temporal Patterns for Action-Oriented Perception in Roving Robots, edited by P. Arena and L. Patanè (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009), pp. 219–268.

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 Mathematical Chemistry.

Blog post
1. R. Andrews, IFLScience (2017).


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
1. Government Accountability Office, Customs and INS: Information on Inspection, Infrastructure, Traffic Flow, and Security Matters at the Detroit Port of Entry (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2002).

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
1. E. Kopaygorodsky, Mathematical Model of Ultra-Rapid PSA, Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, 2001.

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
1. K. Feeney, New York Times NJ10 (2010).

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 Mathematical Chemistry
AbbreviationJ. Math. Chem.
ISSN (print)0259-9791
ISSN (online)1572-8897
ScopeGeneral Chemistry
Applied Mathematics

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