How to format your references using the Molecular Catalysis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Molecular Catalysis. 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
D. Prosnitz, Science and law. WMD sensors--search and seizure, Science. 310 (2005) 978.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.J. Huneycutt, R.J. Saykally, Chemistry. Building solutions--one molecule at a time, Science. 299 (2003) 1329–1330.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Lee, M. Kim, K.-H. Cho, A design principle underlying the paradoxical roles of E3 ubiquitin ligases, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5573.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W. Yoshioka, T. Kawaguchi, N. Fujisawa, K. Aida-Yasuoka, T. Shimizu, F. Matsumura, C. Tohyama, Predominant role of cytosolic phospholipase A2α in dioxin-induced neonatal hydronephrosis in mice, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4042.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
M. Malina, Delivering Sustainable Buildings, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, 2013.
An edited book
K.E. Sickafus, E.A. Kotomin, B.P. Uberuaga, eds., Radiation Effects in Solids, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
A.Q. Rana, L.A. Zumo, V. Sim, Neurodegenerative Conditions, in: L.A. Zumo, V. Sim (Eds.), Neuroradiology in Clinical Practice, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2013: pp. 51–59.

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 Molecular Catalysis.

Blog post
E. Andrew, What On Earth Was This Mysterious Light In The Sky Above The West Coast Last Night?, IFLScience. (2015).


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, Illegal Alien Schoolchildren: Issues in Estimating State-by-State Costs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2004.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
T.L. Bryant, The Influence of High School Preparation on Black Male Students’ Ability to Succeed at the Post-Secondary Level, 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
L. Saslow, Town of Oyster Bay Seeks To Develop Waterfront Plan, New York Times. (2007) 14LI2.

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 titleMolecular Catalysis
ISSN (print)2468-8231

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