How to format your references using the Organometallics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Organometallics. 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
Ferguson, S. M. MEDICINE. Membrane Traffic En Route to Cancer. Science 2015, 350 (6257), 162–163.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gaffney, K. J.; Chapman, H. N. Imaging Atomic Structure and Dynamics with Ultrafast X-Ray Scattering. Science 2007, 316 (5830), 1444–1448.
A journal article with 3 authors
Harris, H. H.; Pickering, I. J.; George, G. N. The Chemical Form of Mercury in Fish. Science 2003, 301 (5637), 1203.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Liu, Z.; Zhou, H.; Wang, W.; Tan, W.; Fu, Y.-X.; Zhu, M. A Novel Method for Synthetic Vaccine Construction Based on Protein Assembly. Sci. Rep. 2014, 4, 7266.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Sadati, N.; Dumont, G. A.; Hamed, K. A.; Gruver, W. A. Hybrid Control and Motion Planning of Dynamical Legged Locomotion; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
Agent-Based Modeling Meets Gaming Simulation; Arai, K., Deguchi, H., Matsui, H., Eds.; Springer Series on Agent Based Social Systems; Springer Japan: Tokyo, 2005; Vol. 2.
A chapter in an edited book
Michor, P. Manifolds of Differentiable Maps. In Differential Topology; Villani, V., Ed.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011; pp 117–127.

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 Organometallics.

Blog post
Fang, J. Researcher Stumbles Across Oldest Snake Fossils Ever Found In Museum (accessed 2018 -10 -30).


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. Observations on H.R. 3774, “The Aging Aircraft Safety Act of 1989”; T-RCED-90-82; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1990.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Van Exel, L. M. Applying Database Refactoring Techniques to Procedural SQL. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2012.

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
Garland, S. B. Vulnerable Older Adults, Abusive Guardians. New York Times. July 28, 2017, p BU3.

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 titleOrganometallics
ISSN (print)0276-7333
ISSN (online)1520-6041
ScopeInorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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