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
Tso TC (2004) Agriculture of the future. Nature 428:215–217
A journal article with 2 authors
Jacobson LD, Herbert JM (2011) Comment on “Does the hydrated electron occupy a cavity?” Science 331:1387; author reply 1387
A journal article with 3 authors
Church JA, White NJ, Arblaster JM (2005) Significant decadal-scale impact of volcanic eruptions on sea level and ocean heat content. Nature 438:74–77
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Holler M, Diaz A, Guizar-Sicairos M, Karvinen P, Färm E, Härkönen E, Ritala M, Menzel A, Raabe J, Bunk O (2014) X-ray ptychographic computed tomography at 16 nm isotropic 3D resolution. Sci Rep 4:3857

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Koch SN, Torres SMF, Plumb DC (2012) Canine and Feline Dermatology Drug Handbook. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,., West Sussex, UK
An edited book
Wang D, Zheng Z (2005) Differential Equations with Symbolic Computation. Birkhäuser, Basel
A chapter in an edited book
El-Salhy M, Hatlebakk JG, Hausken T (2015) How is Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diagnosed? In: Hatlebakk JG, Hausken T (eds) Understanding and Controlling the Irritable Bowel. Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp 39–43

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
Hamilton K (2015) 10 Gross Organisms That could Be Living In Your Bed Right Now. 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 (1976) Review of the Health Facilities Surveyor Training Program Funded by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. 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
Rose L (2012) Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing: An Exploration From Science to Soul. Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute

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
Billard M (2010) Old Is Good, Cheaper Is Better. New York Times E5

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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