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
R.H. Baughman, Auxetic materials: avoiding the shrink, Nature. 425 (2003) 667.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.S. Hotchkiss, E.R. Sherwood, Immunology. Getting sepsis therapy right, Science. 347 (2015) 1201–1202.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.J. Wilkinson, S.F. Simmons, B. Stoffell, How metalliferous brines line Mexican epithermal veins with silver, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2057.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S.M. Hammond, S. Boettcher, A.A. Caudy, R. Kobayashi, G.J. Hannon, Argonaute2, a link between genetic and biochemical analyses of RNAi, Science. 293 (2001) 1146–1150.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K.L. Ketring, M.B. Glaze, Atlas of Feline Ophthalmology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., West Sussex, UK, 2012.
An edited book
S. Osinga, G.J. Hofstede, T. Verwaart, eds., Emergent Results of Artificial Economics, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
N.S. Yee, Toward the Goal of Personalized Therapy in Pancreatic Cancer by Targeting the Molecular Phenotype, in: W.S. El-Deiry (Ed.), Impact of Genetic Targets on Cancer Therapy, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 91–143.

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
S. Luntz, Underwater Eruptions Are Influenced By The Tides And Can Be Predicted, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Federal Motor Carrier Safety: Modifying the Compliance, Safety, Accountability Program Would Improve the Ability to Identify High Risk Carriers, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
A.J. Morgan, Analyzing Red and Gray Stages of Bark Beetle Attack in the San Bernardino National Forest Using Remote Sensing, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
K. Feeney, Licks of the Tropics, New York Times. (2010) NJ7.

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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