How to format your references using the Microchemical Journal citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Microchemical Journal. 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
C.H. Jones, Geophysics. How faults accommodate plate motion, Science. 300 (2003) 1105–1106.
A journal article with 2 authors
P.H. Thrall, J.J. Burdon, Evolution of virulence in a plant host-pathogen metapopulation, Science. 299 (2003) 1735–1737.
A journal article with 3 authors
G.E. Murphy, J.R. Leadbetter, G.J. Jensen, In situ structure of the complete Treponema primitia flagellar motor, Nature. 442 (2006) 1062–1064.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P. Montagna, M. McCulloch, M. Taviani, C. Mazzoli, B. Vendrell, Phosphorus in cold-water corals as a proxy for seawater nutrient chemistry, Science. 312 (2006) 1788–1791.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. He, R. Zeng, B. Zhang, Methodology and Technology for Power System Grounding, John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd., Singapore, 2012.
An edited book
I. Batyrshin, M.G. Mendoza, eds., Advances in Computational Intelligence: 11th Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, MICAI 2012, San Luis Potosí, Mexico, October 27 – November 4, 2012. Revised Selected Papers, Part II, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Hu, Z.-Q. Wu, Y. Liu, The fish fauna of mountain streams in the Guanshan National Nature Reserve, Jiangxi, China, in: D.L.G. Noakes, A. Romero, Y. Zhao, Y. Zhou (Eds.), Chinese Fishes, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2009: pp. 23–27.

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 Microchemical Journal.

Blog post
J. Davis, Japan Set to Restart Whaling This Year, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 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, Unmanned Vehicles: Assessment of DOD’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Master Plan, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1988.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S.G. Lamanna, Colombian Spanish in North Carolina: The role of language and dialect contact in the formation of a new variety of U.S. Spanish, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 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
J. Poniewozik, Brothers-in-Arms, Firing at a Savage World, New York Times. (2017) C5.

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 titleMicrochemical Journal
AbbreviationMicrochem. J.
ISSN (print)0026-265X
ScopeAnalytical Chemistry

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