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
Debije M (2015) Renewable energy: better luminescent solar panels in prospect. Nature 519:298–299
A journal article with 2 authors
van den Elsen JMH, Isenman DE (2011) A crystal structure of the complex between human complement receptor 2 and its ligand C3d. Science 332:608–611
A journal article with 3 authors
Qiu XH, Nazin GV, Ho W (2003) Vibrationally resolved fluorescence excited with submolecular precision. Science 299:542–546
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Dong X-P, Cheng X, Mills E, et al (2008) The type IV mucolipidosis-associated protein TRPML1 is an endolysosomal iron release channel. Nature 455:992–996

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ziska LH, Dukes JS (2010) Weed Biology and Climate Change. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Pokorski M (2013) Respiratory Regulation - Clinical Advances. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Edwards D, Deed C, Edwards A (2014) Learning in Technologically-Mediated Spaces in Open-Plan Settings. In: Prain V, Cox P, Deed C, et al (eds) Adapting to Teaching and Learning in Open-Plan Schools. SensePublishers, Rotterdam, pp 79–93

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
O`Callaghan J (2016) NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams Breaks Record For Most Time Spent In Space By An American. 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 (1996) Space Shuttle: Need to Sustain Launch Risk Assessment Process Improvements. 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
Eisenbeiser CK (2012) Parents’ Experience of Involvement in the Lives of Community College Students: A Phenomenological Study. Doctoral dissertation, Northcentral University

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
Mashal M (2017) Head of ISIS Branch in Afghanistan Killed in April Raid. New York Times A6

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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