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
Jayaraman, K. S. Indian Prime Minister Pledges to Revamp Science. Nature 2003, 421 (6919), 101.
A journal article with 2 authors
Kamena, F.; Spang, A. Tip20p Prohibits Back-Fusion of COPII Vesicles with the Endoplasmic Reticulum. Science 2004, 304 (5668), 286–289.
A journal article with 3 authors
Rougier, G. W.; Apesteguía, S.; Gaetano, L. C. Highly Specialized Mammalian Skulls from the Late Cretaceous of South America. Nature 2011, 479 (7371), 98–102.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Burguillos, M. A.; Deierborg, T.; Kavanagh, E.; Persson, A.; Hajji, N.; Garcia-Quintanilla, A.; Cano, J.; Brundin, P.; Englund, E.; Venero, J. L.; Joseph, B. Caspase Signalling Controls Microglia Activation and Neurotoxicity. Nature 2011, 472 (7343), 319–324.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Dincer, I.; Rosen, M. A.; Ahmadi, P. Optimization of Energy Systems; John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester, UK, 2017.
An edited book
Metal-to-Nonmetal Transitions; Redmer, R., Hensel, F., Holst, B., Eds.; Springer Series in Materials Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010; Vol. 132.
A chapter in an edited book
Eberli, G. P.; Westphal, H. Summary: The Depositional Systems of the Bahamas, Belize Lagoon and The Gulf Compared. In Carbonate Depositional Systems: Assessing Dimensions and Controlling Parameters: The Bahamas, Belize and the Persian/Arabian Gulf; Westphal, H., Riegl, B., Eberli, G. P., Eds.; Springer Netherlands: Dordrecht, 2010; pp 215–229.

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
Andrews, R. New Drug Appears To Eliminate Type 2 Diabetes For First Time (accessed Oct 30, 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. Comments on Federal Payments to the Adelanto School District, California; B-164031(1).90; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1976.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Walsh, P. L. Advancing Electroanalytical Methods for Monitoring Chemical Messenger Release. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 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
Koblin, J. Final Debate Is Watched by 71 Million. New York Times. October 20, 2016, p A17.

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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