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
Zhang W (2014) Voltage-driven spintronic logic gates in graphene nanoribbons. Sci Rep 4:6320
A journal article with 2 authors
Roxburgh SH, Mokany K (2007) Comment on “From plant traits to plant communities: a statistical mechanistic approach to biodiversity.” Science 316:1425; author reply 1425
A journal article with 3 authors
Alkire MT, Hudetz AG, Tononi G (2008) Consciousness and anesthesia. Science 322:876–880
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Fixler JB, Foster GT, McGuirk JM, Kasevich MA (2007) Atom interferometer measurement of the newtonian constant of gravity. Science 315:74–77

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Center for Chemical Process Safety (2015) Guidelines for Initiating Events and Independent Protection Layers in Layer of Protection Analysis. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Kaye AD, Vadivelu N, Urman RD (2015) Substance Abuse: Inpatient and Outpatient Management for Every Clinician. Springer, New York, NY
A chapter in an edited book
Higashi N (2015) Far-Ultraviolet Spectroscopy and Deep-Ultraviolet Spectroscopy: Industrial Applications. In: Ozaki Y, Kawata S (eds) Far- and Deep-Ultraviolet Spectroscopy. Springer Japan, Tokyo, pp 77–98

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) New Horizons Spots Possible Polar Ice Cap On Pluto. 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 (1975) Automatic Data Processing Activity in the Feed Materials Production Center, Fernald, Ohio. 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
Walsh PL (2012) Advancing Electroanalytical Methods for Monitoring Chemical Messenger Release. Doctoral dissertation, University of North Carolina

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
Barron J (2017) A Neighborhood Wants Its Historic District Expanded. New York Times A17

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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