How to format your references using the Transition Metal Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Transition Metal 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Benenson Y (2013) Engineering. Recombinatorial logic. Science 340:554–555
A journal article with 2 authors
Clement A, DiNezio P (2014) Climate change. The tropical Pacific Ocean--back in the driver’s seat? Science 343:976–978
A journal article with 3 authors
Ibarra RU, Edwards JS, Palsson BO (2002) Escherichia coli K-12 undergoes adaptive evolution to achieve in silico predicted optimal growth. Nature 420:186–189
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Thibault P, Dierolf M, Menzel A, et al (2008) High-resolution scanning x-ray diffraction microscopy. Science 321:379–382

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bi J (2015) Sensory Discrimination Tests and Measurements. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK
An edited book
Szende A, Janssen B, Cabases J (2014) Self-Reported Population Health: An International Perspective based on EQ-5D. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Silva ÉR, Bartholo R, Proença D (2015) Engineering Brazil: National Engineering Capability at Stake. In: Christensen SH, Didier C, Jamison A, et al (eds) International Perspectives on Engineering Education: Engineering Education and Practice in Context, Volume 1. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 95–104

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 Transition Metal Chemistry.

Blog post
Taub B (2016) English Bulldog Genetic Diversity May Now Be Too Low To Save The Breed. 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 (1992) Transportation Infrastructure: The Nation’s Highway Bridges Remain at Risk From Earthquakes. 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
Chung D (2017) Health Information Infrastructure: Flows and Frictions. Doctoral dissertation, Indiana 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
Marx L (2014) After the Guests Have Left. New York Times ST13

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 titleTransition Metal Chemistry
AbbreviationTransit. Met. Chem.
ISSN (print)0340-4285
ISSN (online)1572-901X
ScopeInorganic Chemistry
Materials Chemistry
Metals and Alloys

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