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
Michel-Kerjan E (2015) Effective risk response needs a prepared mindset. Nature 517:413
A journal article with 2 authors
Jacak BV, Müller B (2012) The exploration of hot nuclear matter. Science 337:310–314
A journal article with 3 authors
Suda M, Kato R, Yamamoto HM (2015) Superconductivity. Light-induced superconductivity using a photoactive electric double layer. Science 347:743–746
A journal article with 5 or more authors
van Oort BEH, Tyler NJC, Gerkema MP, et al (2005) Circadian organization in reindeer. Nature 438:1095–1096

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Démoulin B, Besnier P (2011) Electromagnetic Reverberation Chambers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Bowers A (2014) An Introductory Course in Functional Analysis. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Desivilya Syna H (2016) Social Divisions, Intergroup Conflict and Diversity. Reflections about Social Conflict and Diversity: the Case of Israeli Organizations. In: Müller A (ed) Re-thinking Diversity: Multiple Approaches in Theory, Media, Communities, and Managerial Practice. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, pp 55–82

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
Andrew E (2015) Pornhub Wants To Shoot A Porn Film In Space. 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 (1997) Space Shuttle: Upgrade Activities and Carryover Balances. 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
Zhao X (2006) Exfoliation Corrosion Kinetics of High Strength Aluminum Alloys. Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State 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
McKINLEY J, Mueller B (2015) Glimpses Inside Secretive Sect After Teenager’s Fatal Beating. New York Times A1

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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