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Chemistry: Referencing

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This section contains guides to help with referencing. Referencing makes clear when you have used someone else's work and helps you to avoid plagiarism.

One of the university approved styles is Vancouver. The Department of Chemistry at Swansea follows the Royal Society of Chemistry version of Vancouver.

How to Reference Vancouver Style

As a general rule follow the RSC instructions but this may help with publication types which don't appear on their guide.

Royal Society of Chemistry referencing style

This style uses superscript numbers in your text where you have referred to someone else's work then a list in numerical order at the end of your work as below.

In recent years, carbon monoxide (CO) has been identified as a vital messenger molecule in mammals, similar to nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S), with physiological significance and potential as a therapeutic agent.1 CO imparts significant anti-inflammatory, cytoprotective and vasodilatory effects in mammalian physiology through various pathways.2


Notes and references

1 C. Romao, W. A. Blattler, J. D. Seixas and G. J. L. Bernardes, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2012, 41, 3571; S. H. Heinemann, T. Hoshi, M. Westerhausen and A. Schiller, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 3644.

2 R. Motterlini and L. Otterbein, Nat. Rev. Drug Discovery, 2010, 9, 728.

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How to use EndNote



EndNote RSC style

If you decide to use EndNote you can download a file from the RSC which will format your references in their style.