How to format your references using the The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics. 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
D.P. Kelly, Medicine. Irisin, light my fire, Science. 336 (2012) 42–43.
A journal article with 2 authors
D.R. Caffrey, K.A. Fitzgerald, Immunology. Select inflammasome assembly, Science. 336 (2012) 420–421.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Schott, I. Yanai, C.P. Hunter, Natural RNA interference directs a heritable response to the environment, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7387.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
P. Steemans, A.L. Hérissé, J. Melvin, M.A. Miller, F. Paris, J. Verniers, C.H. Wellman, Origin and radiation of the earliest vascular land plants, Science. 324 (2009) 353.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
D. Etheridge, Excel® Data Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2010.
An edited book
J. Haan, H. Berger, eds., The European Central Bank at Ten, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
W.I. DeHaven, D.P. Conner, The Effects of Food on Drug Bioavailability and Bioequivalence, in: L.X. Yu, B.V. Li (Eds.), FDA Bioequivalence Standards, Springer, New York, NY, 2014: pp. 95–118.

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 The Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics.

Blog post
E. Andrew, New Eye Drops Can Dissolve Cataracts With No Need For Surgery, 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, Student Mentoring Programs: Education’s Monitoring and Information Sharing Could Be Improved, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2004.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Eaglin, A secondary data analysis of Latino families who successfully terminated with family preservation, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 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
G. Vecsey, Namath Has His Own Memories of ’65, New York Times. (2010) B18.

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 titleThe Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics
AbbreviationJ. Chem. Thermodyn.
ISSN (print)0021-9614
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry
General Materials Science
Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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