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
Telenti, A. (2014). HIV: The mixed blessing of interferon. Nature, 511(7511), 537–538.
A journal article with 2 authors
Trimble, S. W., & Crosson, P. (2000). LAND USE: U.S. Soil Erosion Rates--Myth and Reality. Science (New York, N.Y.), 289(5477), 248–250.
A journal article with 3 authors
Krieger, M. J., Billeter, J. B., & Keller, L. (2000). Ant-like task allocation and recruitment in cooperative robots. Nature, 406(6799), 992–995.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Becker, C. G., Fonseca, C. R., Haddad, C. F. B., Batista, R. F., & Prado, P. I. (2007). Habitat split and the global decline of amphibians. Science (New York, N.Y.), 318(5857), 1775–1777.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Kazimierczuk, M. (2013). High-Frequency Magnetic Components. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
An edited book
Shi, Y., Albada, G. D. van, Dongarra, J., & Sloot, P. M. A. (Eds.). (2007). Computational Science – ICCS 2007: 7th International Conference, Beijing, China, May 27 - 30, 2007, Proceedings, Part III (Vol. 4489). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Noriega, P., & de Jonge, D. (2016). Electronic Institutions: The EI/EIDE Framework. In H. Aldewereld, O. Boissier, V. Dignum, P. Noriega, & J. Padget (Eds.), Social Coordination Frameworks for Social Technical Systems (pp. 47–76). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

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
Andrew, D. (2015, September 8). Can You Solve Einstein’s Riddle? 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. (2007). Transportation Security Administration’s Processes for Designating and Releasing Sensitive Security Information (No. GAO-08-232R). 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
Sousa, K. L. (2012). Soul Seeking: A Crossing (Doctoral dissertation). Pacifica Graduate Institute, Carpinteria, CA.

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
Cooper, M. (2017, May 9). Spotlight on a Diva, With Bull’s-Eye Precision. New York Times, p. C5.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Telenti 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Telenti 2014; Trimble and Crosson 2000).

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

  • Two authors: (Trimble and Crosson 2000)
  • Three or more authors: (Becker et al. 2007)

About the journal

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

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