How to format your references using the Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly. 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
Smith R (2000) Making hard light sharper. Nature 404:345, 347
A journal article with 2 authors
Maizels RM, Allen JE (2011) Immunology. Eosinophils forestall obesity. Science 332:186–187
A journal article with 3 authors
Xue H-J, Li W-Z, Yang X-K (2014) Assortative mating between two sympatric closely-related specialists: inferred from molecular phylogenetic analysis and behavioral data. Sci Rep 4:5436
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Strogatz SH, Abrams DM, McRobie A, et al (2005) Theoretical mechanics: crowd synchrony on the Millennium Bridge. Nature 438:43–44

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Allsopp W (2017) Advanced Penetration Testing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
An edited book
Caramia M (2008) Multi-objective Management in Freight Logistics: Increasing Capacity, Service Level and Safety with Optimization Algorithms. Springer, London
A chapter in an edited book
Davis RL, Simmons K (2009) Automating Setup. In: Simmons K (ed) Pro SQL Server 2008 Mirroring. Apress, Berkeley, CA, pp 53–94

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 Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) Dear Santa, Please Don’t Deliver Exotic Pets For Christmas! In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (1977) Proposed Legislation to Fund and Establish a Nonprofit National Center for Long-Term Environmental Research. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Sutton DS (2015) Structural and geophysical interpretation of Roatán Island, Honduras, Western Caribbean. Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana

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
Itzkoff D, Bai M, Spitznagel E, et al (2012) The One-Page Magazine. New York Times MM11

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 titleMonatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly
AbbreviationMonatsh. Chem.
ISSN (print)0026-9247
ISSN (online)1434-4475
ScopeGeneral Chemistry

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