How to format your references using the Tetrahedron citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Tetrahedron. 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. Yamaguchi, Sex differences in vocal learning in birds, Nature. 411 (2001) 257–258.
A journal article with 2 authors
J. Yu, W.S. Broecker, Comment on “Deep-sea temperature and ice volume changes across the Pliocene-Pleistocene climate transitions,” Science. 328 (2010) 1480; author reply 1480.
A journal article with 3 authors
P.M. Coplan, M. Mitchnick, Z.F. Rosenberg, Public health. Regulatory challenges in microbicide development, Science. 304 (2004) 1911–1912.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Bai, H. Bi, Y. Zhuang, C. Liu, T. Cai, X. Liu, X. Zhang, T. Liu, Y. Ma, Production of salidroside in metabolically engineered Escherichia coli, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 6640.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J. Ramirez, Accounting for Derivatives, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Oxford, UK, 2007.
An edited book
B. Duplantier, S. Nonnenmacher, V. Rivasseau, eds., Chaos: Poincaré Seminar 2010, Springer, Basel, 2013.
A chapter in an edited book
H.Y. Benson, Ü. Sağlam, Smoothing and Regularization for Mixed-Integer Second-Order Cone Programming with Applications in Portfolio Optimization, in: L.F. Zuluaga, T. Terlaky (Eds.), Modeling and Optimization: Theory and Applications: Selected Contributions from the MOPTA 2012 Conference, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 87–111.

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 Tetrahedron.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About The Mars One Mission, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Analysis of Migration Characteristics of Children Served Under the Migrant Education Program, 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
S. McDougal, Military Town: Part One, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2013.

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.W. Walsh, Detroit’s Plan to Profit on Its Water, by Selling to Its Neighbors, Looks Half Empty, New York Times. (2014) A11.

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 titleTetrahedron
ISSN (print)0040-4020

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