How to format your references using the Polyhedron citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Polyhedron. 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
A. Gal-Yam, Luminous supernovae, Science. 337 (2012) 927–932.
A journal article with 2 authors
V. Singla, J.F. Reiter, The primary cilium as the cell’s antenna: signaling at a sensory organelle, Science. 313 (2006) 629–633.
A journal article with 3 authors
V.A. Traag, G. Krings, P. Van Dooren, Significant scales in community structure, Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 2930.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Imai, N. Tsuge, M. Tomotake, Y. Nagatome, H. Sawada, T. Nagata, H. Kumagai, Plant biochemistry: an onion enzyme that makes the eyes water, Nature. 419 (2002) 685.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
F.R. Myers, Get the Job You Want, Even When No One’s Hiring, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
An edited book
P. Kotler, The Quintessence of Strategic Management: What You Really Need to Know to Survive in Business, 2nd ed. 2016, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
L. Gąsieniec, D.D. Hamilton, R. Martin, P.G. Spirakis, The Match-Maker: Constant-Space Distributed Majority via Random Walks, in: A. Pelc, A.A. Schwarzmann (Eds.), Stabilization, Safety, and Security of Distributed Systems: 17th International Symposium, SSS 2015, Edmonton, AB, Canada, August 18-21, 2015, Proceedings, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 67–80.

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 Polyhedron.

Blog post
J. Fang, Why Do Dogs Like To Smell Butts So Much?, IFLScience. (2014). (accessed October 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, Information Regarding the Effect of Applying the Representative Tax System to the General Revenue Sharing, Medicaid, and Vocational Education Programs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1983.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Z. Eldridge, The Empowerment of a Forgotten Population, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2017.

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
L. Greenhouse, Justices Raise Doubts on Campaign Finance Law, New York Times. (2007) A1.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

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 titlePolyhedron
ISSN (print)0277-5387
ScopeInorganic Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Materials Chemistry

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