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
Dicks, L. (2013). Bees, lies and evidence-based policy. Nature, 494(7437), 283.
A journal article with 2 authors
Miller, T. M., & Cleveland, D. W. (2005). Medicine. Treating neurodegenerative diseases with antibiotics. Science (New York, N.Y.), 307(5708), 361–362.
A journal article with 3 authors
Legrand, Y.-M., van der Lee, A., & Barboiu, M. (2010). Single-crystal X-ray structure of 1,3-dimethylcyclobutadiene by confinement in a crystalline matrix. Science (New York, N.Y.), 329(5989), 299–302.
A journal article with 8 or more authors
Min, J., Vonesch, C., Kirshner, H., Carlini, L., Olivier, N., Holden, S., et al. (2014). FALCON: fast and unbiased reconstruction of high-density super-resolution microscopy data. Scientific reports, 4, 4577.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Robinson, T. R. (2010). Genetics for Dummies®. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
An edited book
Burghardt, I., May, V., Micha, D. A., & Bittner, E. R. (Eds.). (2009). Energy Transfer Dynamics in Biomaterial Systems (Vol. 93). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer.
A chapter in an edited book
Heredia, R. R., López, B. G., García, O., Altamira, W. A., & González, P. G. (2016). Bilingual Reading: The Visual Moving Window. In R. R. Heredia, J. Altarriba, & A. B. Cieślicka (Eds.), Methods in Bilingual Reading Comprehension Research (pp. 99–121). New York, NY: 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
Evans, K. (2016, October 5). Aerial Survey Shows Huge Pacific “Garbage Patch” Is Even Bigger Than Thought. 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. (1991). Test and Evaluation: Description of Projects in DOD’s Central Test and Evaluation Investment Program (No. NSIAD-91-111S). 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
Obidos, C. (2015). Attitudes toward and knowledge of advance directives: A quantitative study (Doctoral dissertation). California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, 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
Crow, K. (2001, February 11). A Hint of Spring: Dispute Over a Little League Field. New York Times, p. 148.

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Dicks 2013).
This sentence cites two references (Dicks 2013; Miller and Cleveland 2005).

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

  • Two authors: (Miller and Cleveland 2005)
  • Three or more authors: (Min et al. 2014)

About the journal

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

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