How to format your references using the Topics in Catalysis citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Topics in Catalysis. 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
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Schneider WH (2013) Philanthropy: the difficult art of giving. Nature 497:311–312
A journal article with 2 authors
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Darios F, Davletov B (2006) Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids stimulate cell membrane expansion by acting on syntaxin 3. Nature 440:813–817
A journal article with 3 authors
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Beskow LM, Dame L, Costello EJ (2008) Research ethics. Certificates of confidentiality and compelled disclosure of data. Science 322:1054–1055
A journal article with 5 or more authors
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Boyington JC, Motyka SA, Schuck P, et al (2000) Crystal structure of an NK cell immunoglobulin-like receptor in complex with its class I MHC ligand. Nature 405:537–543

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
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Fink JK (2016) Metallized and Magnetic Polymers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
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Schnars U (2005) Digital Holography: Digital Hologram Recording, Numerical Reconstruction, and Related Techniques. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
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Forestier G, Wemmert C, Gançarski P (2008) Collaborative Multi-Strategical Clustering for Object-Oriented Image Analysis. In: Okun O, Valentini G (eds) Supervised and Unsupervised Ensemble Methods and their Applications. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 71–88

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 Topics in Catalysis.

Blog post
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Fang J (2014) Three Massive Eruptions on Jupiter’s Io Within Two Weeks. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 2018

Reports

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
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Government Accountability Office (1989) Air Traffic Control: FAA’s Interim Actions to Reduce Near Mid-Air Collisions. 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
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Mills CC (2017) Olfaction and Exhibition: Assessing the Impact of Scent in Museums on Exhibit Engagement, Learning and Empathy. Doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic 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
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Widdicombe B (2016) Diamonds (and Other Gems) That Are Forever. New York Times D10

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 titleTopics in Catalysis
AbbreviationTop. Catal.
ISSN (print)1022-5528
ISSN (online)1572-9028
ScopeCatalysis
General Chemistry

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