How to format your references using the The Journal of Organic Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for The Journal of Organic Chemistry. 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
Marshak, M. P. My Trek Back to Science. Science 2015, 349 (6254), 1406.
A journal article with 2 authors
Longhi, S.; Della Valle, G. Floquet Bound States in the Continuum. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2219.
A journal article with 3 authors
Djuranovic, S.; Nahvi, A.; Green, R. MiRNA-Mediated Gene Silencing by Translational Repression Followed by MRNA Deadenylation and Decay. Science 2012, 336 (6078), 237–240.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Liu, Q.; Wang, L.; Frutos, A. G.; Condon, A. E.; Corn, R. M.; Smith, L. M. DNA Computing on Surfaces. Nature 2000, 403 (6766), 175–179.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Krysinski, T.; Malburet, F. Mechanical Instability; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2013.
An edited book
Non-Coding RNAs and Cancer; Fabbri, M., Ed.; Springer: New York, NY, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
Pankajakshan, P.; Engler, G.; Blanc-Féraud, L.; Zerubia, J. Deconvolution and Denoising for Confocal Microscopy. In Modeling in Computational Biology and Biomedicine: A Multidisciplinary Endeavor; Cazals, F., Kornprobst, P., Eds.; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013; pp 117–163.

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 Organic Chemistry.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Genes Could Be Influencing Our Weight By Shaping Which Microbes Inhabit Our Gut (accessed Oct 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. Transportation Disadvantaged Populations: Nonemergency Medical Transportation Not Well Coordinated, and Additional Federal Leadership Needed; GAO-15-110; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 2014.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Chandwasker, T. Comparison of Ad-Hoc on Demand Distance Vector and Enhanced-Ad-Hoc on Demand Distance Vector on Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, 2016.

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
Greenhouse, L. Justices Uphold State Rules In Decision on Dam Licenses. New York Times. May 16, 2006, p A18.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 Organic Chemistry
AbbreviationJ. Org. Chem.
ISSN (print)0022-3263
ISSN (online)1520-6904
ScopeOrganic Chemistry

Other styles