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
Watanabe, M. Part-Time Teaching: Benefitting as a Part-Time Teacher. Nature 2003, 424 (6944), 110–111.
A journal article with 2 authors
Cranch, G. A.; Foster, S. Comment on “Probing the Ultimate Limit of Fiber-Optic Strain Sensing.” Science 2012, 335 (6066), 286; author reply 286.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gu, L. Q.; Cheley, S.; Bayley, H. Capture of a Single Molecule in a Nanocavity. Science 2001, 291 (5504), 636–640.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Yu, X.; Yu, Y.; Liu, B.; Luo, K.; Kong, W.; Mao, P.; Yu, X.-F. Induction of APOBEC3G Ubiquitination and Degradation by an HIV-1 Vif-Cul5-SCF Complex. Science 2003, 302 (5647), 1056–1060.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gaisford, S.; Saunders, M. Essentials of Pharmaceutical Preformulation; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2012.
An edited book
Financial Planning and Counseling Scales; Grable, J. E., Archuleta, K. L., Nazarinia Roy, R. R., Eds.; Springer: New York, NY, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
Kok, J.; Van Bavel, J. Stemming the Tide. Denomination and Religiousness in the Dutch Fertility Transition, 1845–1945. In Religion and the Decline of Fertility in the Western World; Derosas, R., van Poppel, F., Eds.; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2006; pp 83–105.

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
Andrews, R. Energy Department’s Climate Office Banned From Using Phrase “Climate Change” (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. Electronic Government: Challenges Must Be Addressed With Effective Leadership and Management; GAO-01-959T; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2001.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Dair, C. Development of a Nutrition-Related Curriculum for Sustainable Food Waste Management for Foodservice Operations. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Wagner, J. One Lesson for d’Arnaud: Learning Not to Throw With ‘Too Much Arm.’ New York Times. February 18, 2017, p D3.

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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