How to format your references using the Journal of Saudi Chemical Society citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Saudi Chemical Society. 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
M.J. Cohn, Evolutionary biology: lamprey Hox genes and the origin of jaws, Nature. 416 (2002) 386–387.
A journal article with 2 authors
B.C. Monk, A. Goffeau, Outwitting multidrug resistance to antifungals, Science. 321 (2008) 367–369.
A journal article with 3 authors
C.S. Bristow, S.D. Bailey, N. Lancaster, The sedimentary structure of linear sand dunes, Nature. 406 (2000) 56–59.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D. Raoult, S. Audic, C. Robert, C. Abergel, P. Renesto, H. Ogata, B. La Scola, M. Suzan, J.-M. Claverie, The 1.2-megabase genome sequence of Mimivirus, Science. 306 (2004) 1344–1350.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K.K. Desmond, Ideas about Art, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, 2011.
An edited book
T. Kanade, A. Jain, N.K. Ratha, eds., Audio- and Video-Based Biometric Person Authentication: 5th International Conference, AVBPA 2005, Hilton Rye Town, NY, USA, July 20-22, 2005. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
D. Sexton, Computational Infrastructure and Basic Data Analysis for High-Throughput Sequencing, in: N. Rodríguez-Ezpeleta, M. Hackenberg, A.M. Aransay (Eds.), Bioinformatics for High Throughput Sequencing, Springer, New York, NY, 2012: pp. 55–65.

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 Saudi Chemical Society.

Blog post
E. Andrew, FDA Delays Listing Calories On Menus Until 2016, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Mass Transit: Review of the South Boston Piers Transitway Finance Plan, 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
P.R. Reynolds, Midkine (MK) Regulates Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling During Hypoxia, Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, 2004.

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
M. Billard, Baubles And Bags To Customize, New York Times. (2010) E7.

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 Saudi Chemical Society
AbbreviationJ. Saudi Chem. Soc.
ISSN (print)1319-6103
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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