How to format your references using the Journal of Molecular Structure citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Molecular Structure. 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
P.-M. Binder, Physics. Reflections on a wall of light, Science. 322 (2008) 1334–1335.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.-P. Changeux, S.J. Edelstein, Allosteric mechanisms of signal transduction, Science. 308 (2005) 1424–1428.
A journal article with 3 authors
T.B. McCord, G.B. Hansen, C.A. Hibbitts, Hydrated salt minerals on Ganymede’s surface: evidence of an ocean below, Science. 292 (2001) 1523–1525.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.F. Head, S. Inouye, K. Teranishi, O. Shimomura, The crystal structure of the photoprotein aequorin at 2.3 A resolution, Nature. 405 (2000) 372–376.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
W. Godwin, International Construction Contracts, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, 2013.
An edited book
J.H. Abawajy, S. Mukherjea, S.M. Thampi, A. Ruiz-Martínez, eds., Security in Computing and Communications: Third International Symposium, SSCC 2015, Kochi, India, August 10-13, 2015. Proceedings, 1st ed. 2015, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
J. Aizpurua, R. Hillenbrand, Localized Surface Plasmons: Basics and Applications in Field-Enhanced Spectroscopy, in: S. Enoch, N. Bonod (Eds.), Plasmonics: From Basics to Advanced Topics, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012: pp. 151–176.

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 Structure.

Blog post
D. Andrew, New Finding Offers Breakthrough In Beating African Sleeping Sickness, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Cybersecurity: Key Challenges Need to Be Addressed to Improve Research and Development, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2010.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Ramirez, Generation-Y leadership: A qualitative phenomenological study of virtual socialization relationships, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2012.

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
L. Greenhouse, 911 Call Is Held as Evidence If Victim Cannot Testify, New York Times. (2006) A14.

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 Structure
AbbreviationJ. Mol. Struct.
ISSN (print)0022-2860
ScopeAnalytical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

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