How to format your references using the Theoretical Chemistry Accounts citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Theoretical Chemistry Accounts. 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
Koenig R (2000) EUROPEAN SCIENCE: Research Behemoth Slated for Overhaul. Science 289:2019b
A journal article with 2 authors
Baldauf D, Desimone R (2014) Neural mechanisms of object-based attention. Science 344:424–427
A journal article with 3 authors
Behnia K, Balicas L, Kopelevich Y (2007) Signatures of electron fractionalization in ultraquantum bismuth. Science 317:1729–1731
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Ekimov EA, Sidorov VA, Bauer ED, et al (2004) Superconductivity in diamond. Nature 428:542–545

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Toy M (2012) Networks and Services. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Dobrev V (2014) Lie Theory and Its Applications in Physics: Varna, Bulgaria, June 2013. Springer Japan, Tokyo
A chapter in an edited book
Rothe A (2005) Tree Species Management and Nitrate Contamination of Groundwater: A Central European Perspective. In: Binkley D, Menyailo O (eds) Tree Species Effects on Soils: Implications for Global Change: Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Trees and Soil Interactions, Implications to Global Climate Change August 2004 Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, pp 71–83

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 Theoretical Chemistry Accounts.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) Water, Water, Everywhere – Where To Drink In The Solar System. 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 (1988) Space Exploration: Cost, Schedule, and Performance of NASA’s Ulysses Mission to the Sun. 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
Baker MC (2010) A descriptive study of the view from the top: Perspectives of experts in continuing medical education. Doctoral dissertation, University of South Florida

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
Kelly M (1992) THE 1992 CAMPAIGN: The Democrats; Days After “Final” Word on Draft, Clinton Faces Renewed Questions. New York Times A20

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 titleTheoretical Chemistry Accounts
AbbreviationTheor. Chem. Acc.
ISSN (print)1432-881X
ISSN (online)1432-2234
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry

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