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
G.C. Daily, Ecological forecasts, Nature. 411 (2001) 245.
A journal article with 2 authors
K. Zilles, K. Amunts, Neuroscience. Segregation and wiring in the brain, Science. 335 (2012) 1582–1584.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. Goldreich, Y. Lithwick, R. Sari, Formation of Kuiper-belt binaries by dynamical friction and three-body encounters, Nature. 420 (2002) 643–646.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
A.L. Goodwin, M. Calleja, M.J. Conterio, M.T. Dove, J.S.O. Evans, D.A. Keen, L. Peters, M.G. Tucker, Colossal positive and negative thermal expansion in the framework material Ag3[Co(CN)6], Science. 319 (2008) 794–797.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Garduno Barrera, M. Diaz, Communicating Systems with UML 2, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2011.
An edited book
S. Münster, M. Pfarr-Harfst, P. Kuroczyński, M. Ioannides, eds., 3D Research Challenges in Cultural Heritage II: How to Manage Data and Knowledge Related to Interpretative Digital 3D Reconstructions of Cultural Heritage, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Cañada, S. Villegas, Partial Differential Equations, in: S. Villegas (Ed.), A Variational Approach to Lyapunov Type Inequalities: From ODEs to PDEs, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 69–93.

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
E. Andrew, Indonesian Mimic Octopus Is The Ultimate Master of Disguise, IFLScience. (2014).


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, Satellite Control Systems: Opportunity for DOD to Implement Space Policy and Integrate Capabilities, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
N.R. Harper, The Relationship between Worry Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder and True Memory, False Memory, and Metamemory, Doctoral dissertation, Southern Illinois University, 2017.

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
R. Donadio, A Russian Art Leader’s Bold Goal: Engaging the West, New York Times. (2015) C1.

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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