How to format your references using the AMS Review citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for AMS Review. 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
Aldiss, B. (2000). Cognitive ability and the light bulb. Nature, 403(6767), 253.
A journal article with 2 authors
Tikku, A. A., & Direen, N. G. (2008). Comment on “Major Australian-Antarctic plate reorganization at Hawaiian-Emperor bend time.” Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5888), 490; author reply 490.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hart, G. W., Housley, M. P., & Slawson, C. (2007). Cycling of O-linked beta-N-acetylglucosamine on nucleocytoplasmic proteins. Nature, 446(7139), 1017–1022.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Chen, J. S., Li, L., Wang, J. Y., Barry, D. A., Sheng, X. F., Gu, W. Z., et al. (2004). Water resources: groundwater maintains dune landscape. Nature, 432(7016), 459–460.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ahmad, S. R., & Cartwright, M. (2014). Laser Ignition of Energetic Materials. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Moreno González, C., Madriz Aguilar, J. E., & Reyes Barrera, L. M. (Eds.). (2014). Accelerated Cosmic Expansion: Proceedings of the Fourth International Meeting on Gravitation and Cosmology (Vol. 38). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Voronovich, A. G. (2007). Rayleigh Hypothesis. In A. A. Maradudin (Ed.), Light Scattering and Nanoscale Surface Roughness (pp. 93–105). Boston, MA: Springer US.

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 AMS Review.

Blog post
O`Callaghan, J. (2017, May 11). The Human Sense Of Smell Is Better Than You Think. IFLScience. IFLScience. Accessed 30 October 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. (1980). The Office of Science and Technology Policy: Adaptation to a President’s Operating Style May Conflict With Congressionally Mandated Assignments (No. PAD-80-79). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Theses and dissertations

Theses including Ph.D. dissertations, Master's theses or Bachelor theses follow the basic format outlined below.

Doctoral dissertation
RinconGallardo, T. J. (2010). The effect of the use of learning journals on the development of metacognition in undergraduate students (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, Minneapolis, MN.

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
Kishkovsky, S. (2004, June 2). Moscow: Art For Sale. New York Times, p. E2.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Aldiss 2000).
This sentence cites two references (Aldiss 2000; Tikku and Direen 2008).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Tikku and Direen 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Chen et al. 2004)

About the journal

Full journal titleAMS Review
AbbreviationAMS Rev.
ISSN (print)1869-814X
ISSN (online)1869-8182

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