How to format your references using the Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. 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.
EndNoteDownload the output style file
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
McNally RJ (2012) Are we winning the war against posttraumatic stress disorder? Science 336:872–874
A journal article with 2 authors
Zou Z, Buck LB (2006) Combinatorial effects of odorant mixes in olfactory cortex. Science 311:1477–1481
A journal article with 3 authors
van Polanen V, Bergmann Tiest WM, Kappers AML (2014) Target contact and exploration strategies in haptic search. Sci Rep 4:6254
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Buchanan GM, Beresford AE, Hebblewhite M, Escobedo FJ, De Klerk HM, Donald PF, Escribano P, Koh LP, Martínez-López J, Pettorelli N, Skidmore AK, Szantoi Z, Tabor K, Wegmann M, Wich S (2018) Free satellite data key to conservation. Science 361:139–140

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Marvin S (2010) Dictionary of Scientific Principles. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Singhee A (2009) Novel Algorithms for Fast Statistical Analysis of Scaled Circuits. Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht
A chapter in an edited book
Bauer M (2007) Energy efficiency in Mexico — a bird’s eye view. In: Klapp J, Cervantes-Cota JL, Chávez Alcalá JF (eds) Towards a Cleaner Planet: Energy for the Future. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 55–63

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 Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

Blog post
Andrews R (2017) So Now There Are 7,000 Methane Bubbles Beneath Siberia. In: IFLScience. Accessed 30 Oct 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 (2006) Telecommunications: FCC Needs to Improve Its Ability to Monitor and Determine the Extent of Competition in Dedicated Access Services. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Risley L (2012) Exploring Congruency between John A. Henschke’s Practice and Scholarship. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University

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 (2003) A Mural Calls for Peace: To Somebody, That’s Subversive. New York Times 146

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in square brackets:

This sentence cites one reference [1].
This sentence cites two references [1, 2].
This sentence cites four references [1–4].

About the journal

Full journal titleAnalytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
AbbreviationAnal. Bioanal. Chem.
ISSN (print)1618-2642
ISSN (online)1618-2650
Analytical Chemistry

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