How to format your references using the Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Organic & Biomolecular 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
D. E. Cane, Nature, 2012, 483, 285–286.
A journal article with 2 authors
S. Q. Liu and S. G. Cull-Candy, Nature, 2000, 405, 454–458.
A journal article with 3 authors
E. Kernbauer, Y. Ding and K. Cadwell, Nature, 2014, 516, 94–98.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Ben-Shahar, A. Robichon, M. B. Sokolowski and G. E. Robinson, Science, 2002, 296, 741–744.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Seabridge and S. Morgan, Air Travel and Health, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2010.
An edited book
M. M. G. G, M. M. M. R and A. M. Babak, Eds., Master Techniques in Blepharoplasty and Periorbital Rejuvenation, Springer, New York, NY, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
P. Aula and J. Heinonen, in The Reputable Firm: How Digitalization of Communication Is Revolutionizing Reputation Management, ed. J. Heinonen, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016, pp. 83–98.

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 Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry.

Blog post
E. Andrew, The UAE Wants To Build A ‘Rainmaking Mountain’ – Are We All Ok With That?,, (accessed 30 October 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, Emergency Management: Improved Federal Coordination Could Better Assist K-12 Schools Prepare for Emergencies, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2016.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. G. Vickovic, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2010.

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
B. Shpigel, New York Times, 2017, B12.

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 titleOrganic & Biomolecular Chemistry
AbbreviationOrg. Biomol. Chem.
ISSN (print)1477-0520
ISSN (online)1477-0539
Organic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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