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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of the Iranian 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
1. R. Koenig, Science 289, 523a (2000).
A journal article with 2 authors
1. D. L. Whitaker and J. Edwards, Science 329, 406 (2010).
A journal article with 3 authors
1. L. Passarelli, E. Rivalta, and A. Shuler, Sci. Rep. 4, 3886 (2014).
A journal article with 4 or more authors
1. T. M. Shanahan, J. T. Overpeck, K. J. Anchukaitis, J. W. Beck, J. E. Cole, D. L. Dettman, J. A. Peck, C. A. Scholz, and J. W. King, Science 324, 377 (2009).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. A. F. Garton, Exploring Cognitive Development: The Child as Problem Solver (Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2008).
An edited book
1. T. Kato, editor , Liquid Crystalline Functional Assemblies and Their Supramolecular Structures (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2008).
A chapter in an edited book
1. H. Dym, M. C. de Oliveira, and M. Putinar, in Mathematical Methods in Systems, Optimization, and Control: Festschrift in Honor of J. William Helton, edited by H. Dym, M. C. de Oliveira, and M. Putinar (Springer, Basel, 2012), pp. 29–30.

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 Iranian Chemical Society.

Blog post
1. B. Taub, IFLScience (2016).


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, DOD Business Systems Modernization: Continued Investment in Key Accounting Systems Needs to Be Justified (U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2003).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
1. A. R. Ochse, Targeted Killing, Drones and International Law: How U.S. Practice Is Shaping International Law, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 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. M. Kelly, New York Times 119 (1993).

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 the Iranian Chemical Society
AbbreviationJ. Iran. Chem. Soc.
ISSN (print)1735-207X
ISSN (online)1735-2428
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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