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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society (JBCS). 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
Barnes, W. J. P. ;Science 2007, 318, 203.
A journal article with 2 authors
Michalski, J. R.; Bleacher, J. E. ;Nature 2013, 502, 47.
A journal article with 3 authors
Yu, Q.; Liu, X.; Tang, D. ;Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 3556.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Kunze, A.; Bally, M.; Höök, F.; Larson, G. ;Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 1452.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
DeRosa, D. F. Foreign Exchange Operations; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
IUTAM Symposium on Vibration Control of Nonlinear Mechanisms and Structures: Proceedings of the IUTAM Symposium held in Munich, Germany, 18–22 July 2005; Ulbrich, H.; GÜnthner, W., Eds.; Solid Mechanics and its Applications; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2005; Vol. 130.
A chapter in an edited book
Argyros, I. K.; Magreñán, Á. A. In Advances in Iterative Methods for Nonlinear Equations; Amat, S.; Busquier, S., Eds.; SEMA SIMAI Springer Series; Springer International Publishing: Cham, 2016; pp. 57–78.

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 the Brazilian Chemical Society.

Blog post
Fang, J. Scientists Analyze DNA From Bigfoot Samples (accessed Oct 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 Human Factors: FAA’s Guidance and Oversight of Pilot Crew Resource Management Training Can Be Improved; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1997.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
White, A. E. Female ministers in pastoral leadership: A phenomenological study. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix: Phoenix, AZ, 2015.

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
Greenhouse, L. Elizabeth Taylor To Keep Van Gogh. New York Times 2007, E2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 the Brazilian Chemical Society
AbbreviationJ. Braz. Chem. Soc.
ISSN (print)0103-5053
ISSN (online)1678-4790
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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