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
Marquis RJ (2004) Ecology. Herbivores rule. Science 305:619–621
A journal article with 2 authors
Pasteris JD, Wopenka B (2002) Laser-Raman spectroscopy: images of the Earth’s earliest fossils? Nature 420:476–7; discussion 477
A journal article with 3 authors
Phillips BL, Casey WH, Karlsson M (2000) Bonding and reactivity at oxide mineral surfaces from model aqueous complexes. Nature 404:379–382
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Kim Y, Strelcov E, Hwang IR, et al (2013) Correlative multimodal probing of ionically-mediated electromechanical phenomena in simple oxides. Sci Rep 3:2924

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Subramanian MN (2013) Plastics Additives and Testing. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Kock N (2010) Evolutionary Psychology and Information Systems Research: A New Approach to Studying the Effects of Modern Technologies on Human Behavior. Springer US, Boston, MA
A chapter in an edited book
Yang X, Yang J (2012) Dominance-based Rough Sets in “?” Incomplete Information System. In: Yang J (ed) Incomplete Information System and Rough Set Theory: Models and Attribute Reductions. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 169–192

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
Andrew E (2015) Cancer Drug Cures Mice Of Hepatitis B. 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) Pipeline Safety: Status of Improving Oversight of the Pipeline Industry. 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
Zolfaghari SS (2015) The relationship between folic acid, vitamin B12, and vitamin B6 intakes and depression in women who use hormonal oral contraceptives. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Garner D, Senior J, Jennings D, Gustines GG (2016) Who Needs Wrapping? They’re Already Covered. New York Times C26

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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