How to format your references using the Topics in Current Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Topics in Current 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
Maren S (2007) Neuroscience. The threatened brain. Science 317:1043–1044
A journal article with 2 authors
Yasunaga M, Matsumura Y (2014) Role of SLC6A6 in promoting the survival and multidrug resistance of colorectal cancer. Sci Rep 4:4852
A journal article with 3 authors
Rybczynski N, Dawson MR, Tedford RH (2009) A semi-aquatic Arctic mammalian carnivore from the Miocene epoch and origin of Pinnipedia. Nature 458:1021–1024
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Chin C, Bartenstein M, Altmeyer A, et al (2004) Observation of the pairing gap in a strongly interacting Fermi gas. Science 305:1128–1130

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Botsai E, Kaneshiro C, Cuccia P, Pajo H (2010) The Architect’s Guide to Preventing Water Infiltration. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Meester FD, Watson RR (2008) Wild-Type Food in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: The Columbus Concept. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
A chapter in an edited book
Hens N, Shkedy Z, Aerts M, et al (2012) Data Sources for Modeling Infectious Diseases. In: Shkedy Z, Aerts M, Faes C, et al (eds) Modeling Infectious Disease Parameters Based on Serological and Social Contact Data: A Modern Statistical Perspective. Springer, New York, NY, pp 61–76

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 Current Chemistry.

Blog post
Andrew E (2015) GM Crop Ban: How Scottish Salmon – And Public Health – Could Have Benefited From This Technology. 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 (2017) FirstNet: Efforts to Establish the Public-Safety Broadband Network. 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
Bombard B (2012) Literature circles book club for science and language arts. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Murphy MJO (2016) ‘Friday File’: The Whitney’s 1966 Debut (Now the Met Breuer). New York Times C26

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 Current Chemistry
AbbreviationTop. Curr. Chem. (J)
ISSN (print)2365-0869
ISSN (online)2364-8961

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