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
Valentine D (2010) Measure methane to quantify the oil spill. Nature 465:421
A journal article with 2 authors
Bhaskaran H, Russell R (2007) Kinetic redistribution of native and misfolded RNAs by a DEAD-box chaperone. Nature 449:1014–1018
A journal article with 3 authors
Yamada T, Dautry A, Walport M (2008) Ready for avian flu? Nature 454:162
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Kochuveedu ST, Son T, Lee Y, et al (2014) Revolutionizing the FRET-based light emission in core-shell nanostructures via comprehensive activity of surface plasmons. Sci Rep 4:4735

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Nellist JG (2005) Understanding Telecommunications and Lightwave Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Foster C (2015) Altruism, Welfare and the Law. Springer International Publishing, Cham
A chapter in an edited book
Chyba M, Haberkorn T, Jedicke R (2016) Minimum Fuel Round Trip from a $L_2 L 2 Earth-Moon Halo Orbit to Asteroid 2006 RH $_{120}$$ 120. In: Bonnard B, Chyba M (eds) Recent Advances in Celestial and Space Mechanics. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 117–142

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
Davis J (2015) Single Gene Variant Makes Male Worms More Attractive To Other Males. 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 (1990) FAA Encountering Problems in Acquiring Major Automated Systems. 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
Ho CW (2012) Music genre on the move: Discourse and the cultural production of Japanese visual rock in Hong Kong. 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
Shear MD (2017) In Former F.B.I. Director, Investigation Gains a Leader Known for Independence. New York Times A14

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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