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
Hemmer P (2013) Chemistry. Toward molecular-scale MRI. Science 339:529–530
A journal article with 2 authors
Vert G, Chory J (2006) Downstream nuclear events in brassinosteroid signalling. Nature 441:96–100
A journal article with 3 authors
Desai BS, Chadha A, Cook B (2014) The stum gene is essential for mechanical sensing in proprioceptive neurons. Science 343:1256–1259
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Richardson LJ, Deming D, Horning K, et al (2007) A spectrum of an extrasolar planet. Nature 445:892–895

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gerardi MH, Zimmerman MC (2004) Wastewater Pathogens. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Jonathan-Zamir T (2014) Policing Terrorism, Crime Control, and Police-Community Relations: Learning from the Israeli Experience. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Johnson MR (2015) A Primer on Economic Choice Automata. In: Binder C, Codognato G, Teschl M, Xu Y (eds) Individual and Collective Choice and Social Welfare: Essays in Honor of Nick Baigent. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 65–94

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
Fang J (2015) City Rabbits Downsize to Studio Apartments. 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 (1987) Software Distribution: Review of the Department of Energy’s National Energy Software Center. 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
Roberts EM (2006) Whose Books Get Published?: Individual Agency and the Business of Children’s Publishing. Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati

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
Paulson M (2017) Idina Menzel Chooses An Off Broadway Stage. New York Times C3

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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