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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Systems 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
1. Naldini L. Gene therapy returns to centre stage. Nature. 2015;526:351–60.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Hill RA, Barton RA. Psychology: red enhances human performance in contests. Nature. 2005;435:293.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Qian L, Winfree E, Bruck J. Neural network computation with DNA strand displacement cascades. Nature. 2011;475:368–72.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Choi JH, Banks AS, Kamenecka TM, Busby SA, Chalmers MJ, Kumar N, et al. Antidiabetic actions of a non-agonist PPARγ ligand blocking Cdk5-mediated phosphorylation. Nature. 2011;477:477–81.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Andresen R, Oades LG, Caputi P. Psychological Recovery. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd; 2011.
An edited book
1. Woodford C. Numerical Methods with Worked Examples: Matlab Edition. Second Edition. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands; 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Chatterjee K, Doyen L, Filiot E, Raskin J-F. Doomsday Equilibria for Omega-Regular Games. In: McMillan KL, Rival X, editors. Verification, Model Checking, and Abstract Interpretation: 15th International Conference, VMCAI 2014, San Diego, CA, USA, January 19-21, 2014, Proceedings. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2014. p. 78–97.

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 Systems Chemistry.

Blog post
1. Luntz S. How Slime Molds Make Decisions. IFLScience. 2016. https://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/how-slime-molds-make-decisions/. Accessed 30 Oct 2018.

Reports

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
1. Government Accountability Office. Information Technology: DOD Needs to Leverage Lessons Learned from Its Outsourcing Projects. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2003.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Jackson M. Creating community in a dual immersion program: A grant writing project. Doctoral dissertation. California State University, Long Beach; 2013.

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
1. Crow K. Décolletage Is Not the Rage At This Victoria’s Secret. New York Times. 2002;:148.

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 Systems Chemistry
ISSN (print)1759-2208
Scope

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