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
Wiersma DS (2010) Physics. Random quantum networks. Science 327:1333–1334
A journal article with 2 authors
Campbell N, Grayson M (2014) Nature Index 2014 china. Nature 516:S49
A journal article with 3 authors
Xu Y, Shi Y, Ding S (2008) A chemical approach to stem-cell biology and regenerative medicine. Nature 453:338–344
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Morley M, Molony CM, Weber TM, et al (2004) Genetic analysis of genome-wide variation in human gene expression. Nature 430:743–747

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bill Huitt WM (2016) Bioprocessing Piping and Equipment Design. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Carachi R, Grosfeld JL (2016) The Surgery of Childhood Tumors, 3rd ed. 2016. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Desrochers A, van Duinen G-J (2006) Peatland Fauna. In: Wieder RK, Vitt DH (eds) Boreal Peatland Ecosystems. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 67–100

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) Huge Variation In Rattlesnake Venom Reveals Intense Arms Race Against Squirrels. 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 (2004) Telecommunications: Wire-Based Competition Benefited Consumers In Selected Markets. 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
Witowski LL (2008) The relationship between instructional delivery methods and student learning preferences: What contributes to student satisfaction in an online learning environment? Doctoral dissertation, Capella 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
Saslow L (2007) Dwindling Funds Jeopardize Immigrant Center. New York Times LI2

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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