How to format your references using the Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis. 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
Davis ME (2002) Ordered porous materials for emerging applications. Nature 417:813–821
A journal article with 2 authors
Li F, Ravetch JV (2011) Inhibitory Fcγ receptor engagement drives adjuvant and anti-tumor activities of agonistic CD40 antibodies. Science 333:1030–1034
A journal article with 3 authors
Goncharov AF, Struzhkin VV, Jacobsen SD (2006) Reduced radiative conductivity of low-spin (Mg,Fe)O in the lower mantle. Science 312:1205–1208
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Gaur N, Kundu S, Piramanayagam SN, et al (2013) Lateral displacement induced disorder in L1(0)-FePt nanostructures by ion-implantation. Sci Rep 3:1907

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Golio M (2006) Engineering Your Retirement. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Agmon T (2016) Venture Capital and the Inventive Process: VC Funds for Ideas-Led Growth. Palgrave Macmillan UK, London
A chapter in an edited book
Li Y, Yang D, Liu F, et al (2016) Oscillation Model Identification Based on Nonlinear Hybrid Method (NHM). In: Yang D, Liu F, Cao Y, Rehtanz C (eds) Interconnected Power Systems: Wide-Area Dynamic Monitoring and Control Applications. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 59–74

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 Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis.

Blog post
Davis J (2015) Iron Age Huts Could Give Clue To How The Earth’s Magnetic Poles Switch. 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 (2002) Intellectual Property: Federal Agency Efforts in Transferring and Reporting New Technology. 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
Winkelhake B (2015) Verbal argumentativeness: A study of retail store managers. 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
Mele C (2017) Firearms and Drivers, A Lethal Combination. New York Times A13

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 titleReaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis
AbbreviationReact. Kinet. Mech. Catal.
ISSN (print)1878-5190
ISSN (online)1878-5204
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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