How to format your references using the Nature Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Nature Chemistry. 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
Komander, D. Biochemistry. Details of destruction, one molecule at a time. Science 348, 183–184 (2015).
A journal article with 2 authors
Pagliarini, R. A. & Xu, T. A genetic screen in Drosophila for metastatic behavior. Science 302, 1227–1231 (2003).
A journal article with 3 authors
Hilgenkamp, H., Moshchalkov, V. V. & Kes, P. Physics. Flux quanta on the move. Science 302, 1159–1160 (2003).
A journal article with 6 or more authors
Chen, B., Kumar, G., Co, C. C. & Ho, C.-C. Geometric control of cell migration. Sci. Rep. 3, 2827 (2013).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Glover, F., Klingman, D. & Phillips, N. V. Network Models in Optimization and their Applications in Practice. (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1992).
An edited book
Classification and Multivariate Analysis for Complex Data Structures. (Springer, 2011).
A chapter in an edited book
Baldoni, R., Guerraoui, R., Levy, R. R., Quéma, V. & Piergiovanni, S. T. Unconscious Eventual Consistency with Gossips. in Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems: 8th International Symposium, SSS 2006, Dallas, TX, USA, November 17-19, 2006. Proceedings (eds. Datta, A. K. & Gradinariu, M.) 65–81 (Springer, 2006).

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 Nature Chemistry.

Blog post
Hamilton, K. Jaguar Tastes The Hallucinogenic Effects Of Yage. IFLScience (2014).


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. Highway Infrastructure: FHWA Has Acted to Disclose the Limitations of Its Environmental Review Analysis. (2003).

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Fang, L. Do media help deter financial misreporting? (George Washington University, 2015).

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
Feeney, K. This ‘Green’ Is Not a Color. New York Times NJ13 (2009).

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 titleNature Chemistry
AbbreviationNat. Chem.
ISSN (print)1755-4330
ISSN (online)1755-4349
ScopeGeneral Chemical Engineering
General Chemistry

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