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. Sachs J. Recession Watch: Boost the developing world. Nature. 2009;457:958.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Zelzer E, Olsen BR. The genetic basis for skeletal diseases. Nature. 2003;423:343–8.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Zhang M, Atkinson KR, Baughman RH. Multifunctional carbon nanotube yarns by downsizing an ancient technology. Science. 2004;306:1358–61.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Wade CM, Kulbokas EJ 3rd, Kirby AW, Zody MC, Mullikin JC, Lander ES, et al. The mosaic structure of variation in the laboratory mouse genome. Nature. 2002;420:574–8.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Patterson SJ, Radtke JM. Strategic Communications for Nonprofit Organizations. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; 2009.
An edited book
1. Kim T-H, Adeli H, Grosky WI, Pissinou N, Shih TK, Rothwell EJ, et al., editors. Multimedia, Computer Graphics and Broadcasting: International Conference, MulGraB 2011, Held as Part of the Future Generation Information Technology Conference, FGIT 2011, in Conjunction with GDC 2011, Jeju Island, Korea, December 8-10, 2011. Proceedings, Part I. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Renso C, Puntoni S, Frentzos E, Mazzoni A, Moelans B, Pelekis N, et al. Wireless Network Data Sources: Tracking and Synthesizing Trajectories. In: Giannotti F, Pedreschi D, editors. Mobility, Data Mining and Privacy: Geographic Knowledge Discovery. Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer; 2008. p. 73–100.

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. Davis J. US Military’s “Self-steering” Bullets Can Hit A Moving Target. IFLScience. 2015. https://www.iflscience.com/technology/us-militarys-self-steering-bullets-can-hit-moving-target/. 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. Tobacco Product Regulation: Most FDA Spending Funded Public Education, Regulatory Science, and Compliance and Enforcement Activities. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. Edwards K. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Social Narratives: Personalization of Delivery via Brief Experimental Analysis. 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
1. Walsh MW. How Plan to Help City Pay Pensions Backfired. New York Times. 2012;:B1.

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
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