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
Barrangou, R. ;Science 2014, 344, 707.
A journal article with 2 authors
Zénon, A.; Krauzlis, R. J. ;Nature 2012, 489, 434.
A journal article with 3 authors
Holland, R. A.; Wikelski, M.; Wilcove, D. S. ;Science 2006, 313, 794.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
West, M. A.; Wallin, R. P. A.; Matthews, S. P.; Svensson, H. G.; Zaru, R.; Ljunggren, H.-G.; Prescott, A. R.; Watts, C. ;Science 2004, 305, 1153.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Vaccari, D. A.; Strom, P. F.; Alleman, J. E. Environmental Biology for Engineers and Scientists; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2005.
An edited book
Energy for Development: Resources, Technologies, Environment; Toth, F. L., Ed.; Environment & Policy; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2012; Vol. 54.
A chapter in an edited book
Rehm, G.; Uszkoreit, H. In The English Language in the Digital Age; Rehm, G.; Uszkoreit, H., Eds.; White Paper Series; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012; pp. 15–32.

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
Andrew, E. Five Cool Ways To Trick Your Brain (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 Technology Transfer: Improving the Use of Cooperative R&D Agreements at DOE’s Contractor-Operated Laboratories; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Valencia, G. M. A Phenomenological Study of Adults Earning a Graduate Degree after Age 60. Doctoral dissertation, University of California San Diego: La Jolla, CA, 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
Paulson, M.; Sisario, B. Hit Shows on Two Continents Confront One Villain: Scalpers. New York Times 2017, A1.

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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