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RSC Style

When using the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) referencing style, indicate in-text citations with a superscript number.

List the full references, detailed in the sections below, at the end of your text in numerical order.

List the references in the order that the corresponding citations appeared in your work i.e. the resource cited first in your work should appear at the top of the reference list, numbered 1.

The following examples are taken from the RSC PDF guide, which provides the most comprehensive guidance.

Books

Citation order and format 

Author Initials. Surname, Book Title, Publisher, Publisher Location, Year.

 

Example 

S.T. Beckett, Science of Chocolate, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, 2000.

Chapters

Citation order and format

Author Initials. Surname, in Book Title, ed. Editor Name/s (if edited book), Publisher, Publisher Location, Edition (if appropriate), Year, chapter, pages.
 

Example


J. Barker, in Catalyst Deactiviation, ed. B. Delmon and C. Froment, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2nd edn, 1987, vol. 1, ch. 4, pp. 253-255. 

Journals

Citation order and format

Author Initials. Surname, Journal Title, year, volume, page range.

 

Example

T. J. Hebden, R. R. Schrock, M. K. Takase and P. Muller, Chem. Commun., 2012, 48, 1851-1853.

Lectures / meetings / conferences

Citation order and format

Author Initials. Surname, presented in part at Conference Title, Place, Month, Year.

 

Example

A. R. Jones, presented in part at the 28th Congress of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Vancouver, August, 1981. 

Online resources

Citation order and format

Name of resource, URL, (accessed date).

 

Example 

The Merck Index Online, http://wwwrsc.org/Merck-Index/monograph/mono1500000841, (accessed October 2013).

Theses

Citation order and format

Author Initials. Surname, PhD thesei, Name of University, Year.

 

Example 

A. D. Mount, PhD thesis, University of London, 1977. 

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