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
Gewin V (2008) The art of self-defence. Nature 452:498–500
A journal article with 2 authors
Tabak LA, Collins FS (2011) Sociology. Weaving a richer tapestry in biomedical science. Science 333:940–941
A journal article with 3 authors
Li S, Matthews J, Sinha A (2008) Atmospheric hydroxyl radical production from electronically excited NO2 and H2O. Science 319:1657–1660
A journal article with 5 or more authors
de Almeida AMR, Yockteng R, Schnable J, et al (2014) Co-option of the polarity gene network shapes filament morphology in angiosperms. Sci Rep 4:6194

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Scheringer M (2002) Persistence and Spatial Range of Environmental Chemicals. Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG
An edited book
Silverman BG, Jain A, Ichalkaranje A, Jain LC (eds) (2005) Intelligent Paradigms for Healthcare Enterprises. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Rocon E, Pons JL (2011) Upper Limb Exoskeleton for Tremor Suppression: Validation. In: Pons JL (ed) Exoskeletons in Rehabilitation Robotics: Tremor Suppression. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 99–111

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
Felton J (2017) Pigeon Caught With 178 Ketamine Pills In Backpack. 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 (2011) Public Transportation: Requirements for Smaller Capital Projects Generally Seen as Less Burdensome. 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
Do NH (2012) An examination of support systems to enable Vietnamese immigrants to acquire English skills. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Kanter J (2017) E.U. Endorses Guidelines to Negotiate ‘Brexit.’ New York Times A4

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Gewin 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Gewin 2008; Tabak and Collins 2011).

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

  • Two authors: (Tabak and Collins 2011)
  • Three or more authors: (de Almeida et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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