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
Zaumseil J (2014) Applied physics. Electronic control of circularly polarized light emission. Science 344:702–703
A journal article with 2 authors
Lu X, Brelsford C (2014) Network structure and community evolution on Twitter: human behavior change in response to the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Sci Rep 4:6773
A journal article with 3 authors
Blaha G, Stanley RE, Steitz TA (2009) Formation of the first peptide bond: the structure of EF-P bound to the 70S ribosome. Science 325:966–970
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lee J-S, Parasoglou P, Xia D, et al (2013) Uniform magnetization transfer in chemical exchange saturation transfer magnetic resonance imaging. Sci Rep 3:1707

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bain BJ, Wild BJ, Stephens AD, Phelan LA (2010) Variant Haemoglobins. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK
An edited book
Yehuda S, Mostofsky DI (2010) Iron Deficiency and Overload: From Basic Biology to Clinical Medicine. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
A chapter in an edited book
Volchkov VV, Volchkov VV (2009) Non-Euclidean Analogues of Plane Waves. In: Volchkov VV (ed) Harmonic Analysis of Mean Periodic Functions on Symmetric Spaces and the Heisenberg Group. Springer, London, pp 135–152

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
Luntz S (2016) Snakes Probably Lost Their Legs Swimming, Not Burrowing. 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 (1999) Social Security Administration: Update on Year 2000 and Other Key Information Technology Initiatives. 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
Fonfa SL (2008) The impact of increased security on the employment options and lives of people with severe disabilities. Doctoral dissertation, Capella 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
Shpigel B (2017) N.H.L.’s Olympics Stance Leaves Players Cold. New York Times B7

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

Other styles