How to format your references using the Analytical Chemistry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Analytical 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
Zahnle, K. Planetary Science. Play It Again, SAM. Science 2015, 347 (6220), 370–371.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gogotsi, Y.; Simon, P. Materials Science. True Performance Metrics in Electrochemical Energy Storage. Science 2011, 334 (6058), 917–918.
A journal article with 3 authors
Gonsamo, A.; Chen, J. M.; Wu, C. Citizen Science: Linking the Recent Rapid Advances of Plant Flowering in Canada with Climate Variability. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 2239.
A journal article with 11 or more authors
Gould, D. B.; Phalan, F. C.; Breedveld, G. J.; van Mil, S. E.; Smith, R. S.; Schimenti, J. C.; Aguglia, U.; van der Knaap, M. S.; Heutink, P.; John, S. W. M. Mutations in Col4a1 Cause Perinatal Cerebral Hemorrhage and Porencephaly. Science 2005, 308 (5725), 1167–1171.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Gordon, M. E. Trump University Entrepreneurship 101; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2009.
An edited book
Hair Restoration Surgery in Asians; Pathomvanich, D., Imagawa, K., Eds.; Springer Japan: Tokyo, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
Jensen, K.; Kühl, O. Towards a Model of Musical Chunks. In Computer Music Modeling and Retrieval. Genesis of Meaning in Sound and Music: 5th International Symposium, CMMR 2008 Copenhagen, Denmark, May 19-23, 2008 Revised Papers; Ystad, S., Kronland-Martinet, R., Jensen, K., Eds.; Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Springer: Berlin, Heidelberg, 2009; pp 81–92.

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 Chemistry.

Blog post
Fang, J. Brazilian Stingless Bees Farm Fungus To Feed Their Offspring. IFLScience. (accessed 2018-10-30).


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. Management Controls Over Use of ADP For Scientific Applications; 092832; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1970.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Tang, D. Event Detection in Sensor Networks. Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC, 2009.

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
Shear, M. D.; Stolberg, S. G. Senator Goes From Trump Target to Cheerleader as Some in G.O.P. Bolt. New York Times. October 26, 2017, p A16.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 Chemistry
AbbreviationAnal. Chem.
ISSN (print)0003-2700
ISSN (online)1520-6882
ScopeAnalytical Chemistry

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