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
Connolly HC Jr (2005) From stars to dust: looking into a circumstellar disk through chondritic meteorites. Science 307:75–76
A journal article with 2 authors
Kriaucionis S, Heintz N (2009) The nuclear DNA base 5-hydroxymethylcytosine is present in Purkinje neurons and the brain. Science 324:929–930
A journal article with 3 authors
Heeney JL, Dalgleish AG, Weiss RA (2006) Origins of HIV and the evolution of resistance to AIDS. Science 313:462–466
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Horjus DL, Nieuwland R, Boateng KB, et al (2014) Creatine kinase inhibits ADP-induced platelet aggregation. Sci Rep 4:6551

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shapiro IM (2016) Energy Audits and Improvements for Commercial Buildings. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Rebeiro C (2015) Timing Channels in Cryptography: A Micro-Architectural Perspective. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Lüttich K, Mossakowski T (2007) Reasoning Support for Casl with Automated Theorem Proving Systems. In: Fiadeiro JL, Schobbens P-Y (eds) Recent Trends in Algebraic Development Techniques: 18th International Workshop, WADT 2006, La Roche en Ardenne, Belgium, June 1-3, 2006, Revised Selected Papers. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 74–91

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
Andrew E (2014) Superbugs Could Kill 10 Million Each Year By 2050, Overtaking Cancer. 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 (1989) Pipeline Safety: New Risk Assessment Program Could Help Evaluate Inspection Cycle. 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
Travis MJ (2008) The relationship between a connections math class and math Criterion Referenced Competency Test scores. Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix

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
Hollander S (2002) Soccer at Haverford: More Than a Game. New York Times D7

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
General Chemistry

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