How to format your references using the Materials Today Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Materials Today Chemistry. 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
A.M. Heimsath, Geochemistry. Limits of soil production?, Science. 343 (2014) 617–618.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.M. Lister, A.V. Sher, The origin and evolution of the woolly mammoth, Science. 294 (2001) 1094–1097.
A journal article with 3 authors
F. Gao, Z. Ding, S. Meng, Three-dimensional metal-intercalated covalent organic frameworks for near-ambient energy storage, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1882.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
H.-L. Lu, Z.-M. Liao, L. Zhang, W.-T. Yuan, Y. Wang, X.-M. Ma, D.-P. Yu, Reversible insulator-metal transition of LaAlO₃/SrTiO₃ interface for nonvolatile memory, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2870.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G. Camarillo, M.A. García-Martín, The 3G IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2006.
An edited book
R. Tandon, ed., Algebra and Number Theory: Proceedings of the Silver Jubilee Conference University of Hyderabad, Hindustan Book Agency, Gurgaon, 2005.
A chapter in an edited book
P. Brezillon, Contextualization of Scientific Workflows, in: M. Beigl, H. Christiansen, T.R. Roth-Berghofer, A. Kofod-Petersen, K.R. Coventry, H.R. Schmidtke (Eds.), Modeling and Using Context: 7th International and Interdisciplinary Conference, CONTEXT 2011, Karlsruhe, Germany, September 26-30, 2011. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011: pp. 40–53.

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 Materials Today Chemistry.

Blog post
K. Hamilton, Time Crystals: How Scientists Created A New State Of Matter, IFLScience. (2017).


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, Protest Alleging Agency Refused To Consider Bid, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1973.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.B. Harrison, Knowing the familiar, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2012.

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
G. Milhollin, K. Motz, Why Iraq Will Defeat Arms Inspectors, New York Times. (2002) A17.

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 titleMaterials Today Chemistry
ISSN (print)2468-5194

Other styles