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
Smaglik, P. (2002). Turning oil into science: Norway. Nature, 420(6916 Suppl), A13, A15.
A journal article with 2 authors
Raper, S. C. B., & Braithwaite, R. J. (2006). Low sea level rise projections from mountain glaciers and icecaps under global warming. Nature, 439(7074), 311–313.
A journal article with 3 authors
Jaramillo, C., Rueda, M. J., & Mora, G. (2006). Cenozoic plant diversity in the neotropics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 311(5769), 1893–1896.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Farquhar, J., Wing, B. A., McKeegan, K. D., Harris, J. W., Cartigny, P., & Thiemens, M. H. (2002). Mass-independent sulfur of inclusions in diamond and sulfur recycling on early Earth. Science (New York, N.Y.), 298(5602), 2369–2372.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Bhaduri, S., & Mukesh, D. (2014). Homogeneous Catalysis. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Fasano, G., & Pintér, J. D. (Eds.). (2016). Space Engineering: Modeling and Optimization with Case Studies (Vol. 114). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
A chapter in an edited book
Sevincer, V., & Biseth, H. (2013). Tension between National Citizenship and Human Rights. In H. Biseth & H. B. Holmarsdottir (Eds.), Human Rights in the Field of Comparative Education (pp. 73–80). Rotterdam: SensePublishers.

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
Hamilton, K. (2017, January 16). Ridiculously Enormous Alligator Captured On Camera. 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. (1999). Travel System Requirements (No. JFMIP-SR-99-9). 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
Mac Garrigle, E. F. (2006). A validation of the enterprise management engineering approach to knowledge management systems engineering (Doctoral dissertation). George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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
(nyt), S. K. (2004, December 14). World Briefing | Europe: Estonia: Vodka Pipeline. New York Times, p. A6.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Smaglik 2002).
This sentence cites two references (Raper and Braithwaite 2006; Smaglik 2002).

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

  • Two authors: (Raper and Braithwaite 2006)
  • Three or more authors: (Farquhar et al. 2002)

About the journal

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

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