How to format your references using the Journal of Molecular Catalysis. A, Chemical citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Molecular Catalysis. A, Chemical. 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
A.L. Gaeta, Optics. Collapsing light really shines, Science. 301 (2003) 54–55.
A journal article with 2 authors
T. Wirth, L. Bernatchez, Genetic evidence against panmixia in the European eel, Nature. 409 (2001) 1037–1040.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. Dean, M.B. Bonsall, T. Pizzari, Evolution. Aging and sexual conflict, Science. 316 (2007) 383–384.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Q. Xing, K. Yates, C. Vogt, Z. Qian, M.C. Frost, F. Zhao, Increasing mechanical strength of gelatin hydrogels by divalent metal ion removal, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4706.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
E. Haginomori, T. Koshiduka, J. Arai, H. Ikeda, Power System Transient Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
W.M.P. van der Aalst, B. Benatallah, F. Casati, F. Curbera, eds., Business Process Management: 3rd International Conference, BPM 2005, Nancy, France, September 5-8, 2005. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
R. Sánchez, Á. Herrero, E. Corchado, Clustering for Intrusion Detection: Network Scans as a Case of Study, in: Á. Herrero, V. Snášel, A. Abraham, I. Zelinka, B. Baruque, H. Quintián, J.L. Calvo, J. Sedano, E. Corchado (Eds.), International Joint Conference CISIS’12-ICEUTE´12-SOCO´12 Special Sessions, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 33–45.

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 Molecular Catalysis. A, Chemical.

Blog post
J. Davis, Wasp Hijacks Another Parasite Before Rupturing From Its Head, IFLScience. (2017). (accessed October 30, 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, Transportation Infrastructure: Managing the Costs of Large-Dollar Highway Projects, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Y.K. Do, Effects of informal care on caregivers’ labor market outcomes and health in South Korea, Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, 2008.

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
J. Wagner, Venezuelan Ballplayers Love Homeland, at a Safe Distance, New York Times. (2017) SP1.

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 Molecular Catalysis. A, Chemical
AbbreviationJ. Mol. Catal. A Chem.
ISSN (print)1381-1169
Process Chemistry and Technology
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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