How to format your references using the Macromolecules citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Macromolecules. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
Hook, J. Mathematics. Exploring Musical Space. Science 2006, 313 (5783), 49–50.
A journal article with 2 authors
Ortiz, C.; Boyce, M. C. Materials Science. Bioinspired Structural Materials. Science 2008, 319 (5866), 1053–1054.
A journal article with 3 authors
Lynch, V. J.; May, G.; Wagner, G. P. Regulatory Evolution through Divergence of a Phosphoswitch in the Transcription Factor CEBPB. Nature 2011, 480 (7377), 383–386.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Cheng, S.-H.; Weng, T.-M.; Lu, M.-L.; Tan, W.-C.; Chen, J.-Y.; Chen, Y.-F. All Carbon-Based Photodetectors: An Eminent Integration of Graphite Quantum Dots and Two Dimensional Graphene. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2694.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
King, J. A.; Timacheff, S. Digital Photography for Dummies®; Wiley Publishing, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2008.
An edited book
Conceptual Model-Based Problem Solving: Teach Students with Learning Difficulties to Solve Math Problems; Xin, Y. P., Ed.; SensePublishers: Rotterdam, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
Zawadzki, P. Improved Estimation of Success Probability of the Shor’s Algorithm. In Computer Networks: 17th Conference, CN 2010, Ustroń, Poland, June 15-19, 2010. Proceedings; Kwiecień, A., Gaj, P., Stera, P., Eds.; Communications in Computer and Information Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010; pp 49–57.

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 Macromolecules.

Blog post
Hale, T. A Walrus Has Been Born In A Canadian Aquarium For The First Time. IFLScience. (accessed 2018-10-30).


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. Public Safety Communications: Preliminary Information on FirstNet’s Efforts to Establish a Nationwide Broadband Network; GAO-15-380T; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2015.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Kane, B. H. A Qualitative Exploratory Inquiry of Communicating in a Multigenerational Traditional-Rational Organization. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ, 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
Kelly, S. Op-Art. New York Times. November 1, 2003, p A15.

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 titleMacromolecules
ISSN (print)0024-9297
ISSN (online)1520-5835
ScopeInorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Polymers and Plastics

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