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
Schweitzer, G. E. (2008). Policy. Science policy in Kazakhstan. Science (New York, N.Y.), 322(5907), 1474–1475.
A journal article with 2 authors
Dyker, C. A., & Bertrand, G. (2008). Chemistry. Soluble allotropes of main-group elements. Science (New York, N.Y.), 321(5892), 1050–1051.
A journal article with 3 authors
Mumby, P. J., Hastings, A., & Edwards, H. J. (2007). Thresholds and the resilience of Caribbean coral reefs. Nature, 450(7166), 98–101.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Krot, A. N., McKeegan, K. D., Leshin, L. A., MacPherson, G. J., & Scott, E. R. D. (2002). Existence of an 16O-rich gaseous reservoir in the solar nebula. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295(5557), 1051–1054.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Ushakov, I. (2012). Probabilistic Reliability Models. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
An edited book
Schwenker, F., Scherer, S., & Morency, L.-P. (Eds.). (2013). Multimodal Pattern Recognition of Social Signals in Human-Computer-Interaction: First IAPR TC3 Workshop, MPRSS 2012, Tsukuba, Japan, November 11, 2012, Revised Selected Papers (Vol. 7742). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Harris, G. J. (2010). Keynote Address: The 3D Imaging Service at Massachusetts General Hospital: 11 Years Experience. In K. Li, L. Jia, X. Sun, M. Fei, & G. W. Irwin (Eds.), Life System Modeling and Intelligent Computing: International Conference on Life System Modeling and Simulation, LSMS 2010, and International Conference on Intelligent Computing for Sustainable Energy and Environment, ICSEE 2010, Wuxi, China, September 17-20, 2010. Proceedings, Part III (pp. 27–32). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.

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
Fang, J. (2015, January 3). Birth Year Linked To Obesity. 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. (2014). Federal Retirement Processing: Applying Information Technology Acquisition Best Practices Could Help OPM Overcome a Long History of Unsuccessful Modernization Efforts (No. GAO-15-277T). 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
Anderson, M. S. (2017). Integrating Emergency Medical Services Into the Patient-Centered Medical Home (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
Wagner, J. (2016, December 5). Giants Are Said to Set Record (For Now) for Closer. New York Times, p. B11.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Schweitzer 2008).
This sentence cites two references (Dyker and Bertrand 2008; Schweitzer 2008).

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

  • Two authors: (Dyker and Bertrand 2008)
  • Three or more authors: (Krot et al. 2002)

About the journal

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

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