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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Nanostructure in 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
Grayson, M.: Breast cancer. Nature. 485, S49 (2012)
A journal article with 2 authors
Bradshaw, H.D., Schemske, D.W.: Allele substitution at a flower colour locus produces a pollinator shift in monkeyflowers. Nature. 426, 176–178 (2003)
A journal article with 3 authors
Oh, K., Jeong, K.S., Moore, J.S.: Folding-driven synthesis of oligomers. Nature. 414, 889–893 (2001)
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Lee, J.W., Beebe, K., Nangle, L.A., Jang, J., Longo-Guess, C.M., Cook, S.A., Davisson, M.T., Sundberg, J.P., Schimmel, P., Ackerman, S.L.: Editing-defective tRNA synthetase causes protein misfolding and neurodegeneration. Nature. 443, 50–55 (2006)

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Birke, D.: Social Networks and their Economics. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK (2013)
An edited book
Dawson, D.A.: Spatial Fleming-Viot Models with Selection and Mutation. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2014)
A chapter in an edited book
Liang, J.Z., Corso, N., Turner, E., Zakhor, A.: Image-Based Positioning of Mobile Devices in Indoor Environments. In: Choi, J. and Friedland, G. (eds.) Multimodal Location Estimation of Videos and Images. pp. 85–99. Springer International Publishing, Cham (2015)

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 Nanostructure in Chemistry.

Blog post
Hale, T.: Biologists Observe Female Homosexual Behavior In Wild Gorillas For The First Time


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: U.S. Customs Service: Better Targeting of Airline Passengers for Personal Searches Could Produce Better Results. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC (2000)

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Giuseffi, F.G.: Investigation of the Influence of the Socratic Method on Leadership Skills among JROTC Cadet Leaders at a Military Boarding School, (2014)

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
Novick, S.M.: Reaching Across the Menu Divide, (2015)

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 Nanostructure in Chemistry
AbbreviationJ. Nanostructure Chem.
ISSN (print)2008-9244
ISSN (online)2193-8865

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