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
J.M. Di Noia, Molecular biology: Unequal opportunity during class switching, Nature. 525 (2015) 44–45.
A journal article with 2 authors
W. Ren, H.-M. Cheng, Materials science: when two is better than one, Nature. 497 (2013) 448–449.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.-F. Le Galliard, J. Clobert, R. Ferrière, Physical performance and Darwinian fitness in lizards, Nature. 432 (2004) 502–505.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D.A. Kroodsma, J. Mayorga, T. Hochberg, N.A. Miller, K. Boerder, F. Ferretti, A. Wilson, B. Bergman, T.D. White, B.A. Block, P. Woods, B. Sullivan, C. Costello, B. Worm, Response to Comment on “Tracking the global footprint of fisheries,” Science. 361 (2018).

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R. Wells, Global Credit Management, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2004.
An edited book
K. Martinez-Mayorga, J.L. Medina-Franco, eds., Foodinformatics: Applications of Chemical Information to Food Chemistry, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
M.O. Idowu, Pathologists’ Roles in Molecular Oncology Testing of Solid Tumors, in: M.O. Idowu, C.I. Dumur, C.T. Garrett (Eds.), Molecular Oncology Testing for Solid Tumors: A Pragmatic Approach, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015: pp. 139–152.

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
E. Andrew, Simple But Mindblowing Helium Balloon Experiment, 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, Acid Rain: Federal Research Into Effects on Waters and Forests, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1985.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
G.S. Ellis, Compound-Specific Stable Isotopic Analysis of Protein Amino Acids: Ecological Applications in Modern and Ancient Systems, Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida, 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
M. Paulson, Aiming at Trump, Onstage, New York Times. (2017) C4.

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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