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
B. Pulverer, Transparency showcases strength of peer review, Nature. 468 (2010) 29–31.
A journal article with 2 authors
W.H. Robertson, M.A. Johnson, Chemistry. Caught in the act of dissolution, Science. 298 (2002) 69.
A journal article with 3 authors
P. McLeod, N. Reed, Z. Dienes, Psychophysics: how fielders arrive in time to catch the ball, Nature. 426 (2003) 244–245.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
B. Fuss, T. Becker, I. Zinke, M. Hoch, The cytohesin Steppke is essential for insulin signalling in Drosophila, Nature. 444 (2006) 945–948.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.N. Henriksen, Scale Invariance, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2015.
An edited book
A. Desolneux, From Gestalt Theory to Image Analysis: A Probabilistic Approach, Springer, New York, NY, 2008.
A chapter in an edited book
M. Kafle, EAP in Nepal, in: I. Liyanage, T. Walker (Eds.), English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in Asia: Negotiating Appropriate Practices in a Global Context, SensePublishers, Rotterdam, 2014: pp. 51–64.

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
S. Luntz, Mouse Lemurs Reveal Tale Of Madagascar’s Forests, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Space Station: Resolving Conflict Over Integration Contractor’s Role, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1992.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
E. Uzan, Secondary Mathematics Pre-Service Teachers’ Processes of Selection and Integration of Technology, Doctoral dissertation, Indiana University, 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
G. Johnson, The Gradual Extinction of Accepted Truths, New York Times. (2015) D6.

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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