How to format your references using the Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Organic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters. 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
Heimann M (2010) Climate change. How stable is the methane cycle? Science 327:1211–1212
A journal article with 2 authors
Rossky PJ, Walker GC (2010) Retrospective. Paul F. Barbara (1953-2010). Science 330:1191
A journal article with 3 authors
Matsunami H, Montmayeur JP, Buck LB (2000) A family of candidate taste receptors in human and mouse. Nature 404:601–604
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Smith DE, Zuber MT, Sun X, et al (2006) Two-way laser link over interplanetary distance. Science 311:53

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Muccini M, Toffanin S (2016) Organic Light-Emitting Transistors. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Zheng J, Mao S, Midkiff SF, Zhu H (eds) (2010) Ad Hoc Networks: First International Conference, ADHOCNETS 2009, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, September 22-25, 2009. Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Zwettler G, Track P, Waschaurek F, et al (2012) Towards a Normalized Reference System in Building Construction Planning for Automated Quantitative Assessment and Optimization of Energy and Cost Efficiency. In: Liñán Reyes M, Flores Arias JM, González de la Rosa JJ, et al. (eds) IT Revolutions: Third International ICST Conference, Córdoba, Spain, March 23-25, 2011, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 39–57

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 and Medicinal Chemistry Letters.

Blog post
O`Callaghan J (2017) Red Dwarf Planets Might Not Be That Habitable After All. 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 (1990) John P. Abbadessa, 1947-1962. 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
Greenfield D (2017) Beyond Super Heroes and Talking Animals: Social Justice in Graphic Novels in Education. Doctoral dissertation, Pepperdine University

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
Vecsey G (2009) A Personal Loss for a Hofstra Alumnus. New York Times B19

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Heimann 2010).
This sentence cites two references (Heimann 2010; Rossky and Walker 2010).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Rossky and Walker 2010)
  • Three or more authors: (Smith et al. 2006)

About the journal

Full journal titleOrganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
ISSN (online)2191-2858

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