How to format your references using the Analytical Chemistry Research citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Analytical Chemistry Research. 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
M.S. Smith, Opening education, Science. 323 (2009) 89–93.
A journal article with 2 authors
M.W. Zwierlein, W. Ketterle, Comment on “Pairing and phase separation in a polarized Fermi gas,” Science. 314 (2006) 54; author reply 54.
A journal article with 3 authors
D. Arendt, U. Technau, J. Wittbrodt, Evolution of the bilaterian larval foregut, Nature. 409 (2001) 81–85.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Yorozu, A. Wong, B.J. Fischer, H. Dankert, M.J. Kernan, A. Kamikouchi, K. Ito, D.J. Anderson, Distinct sensory representations of wind and near-field sound in the Drosophila brain, Nature. 458 (2009) 201–205.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
J.E. Turner, D.J. Downing, J.S. Bogard, Statistical Methods in Radiation Physics, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2012.
An edited book
V. Oreopoulou, W. Russ, eds., Utilization of By-Products and Treatment of Waste in the Food Industry, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2007.
A chapter in an edited book
H. Halkin, Optimal Control as Programming in Infinite Dimensional Spaces, in: R. Conti (Ed.), Calculus of Variations, Classical and Modern, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011: pp. 177–192.

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 Research.

Blog post
T. Hale, Scientists Reveal How To Survive A Real-Life Nuclear Fallout, IFLScience. (2015). (accessed October 30, 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, Can Cost Accounting Help Manage the Rising Costs of ADP Operations?, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1972.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Naik, Automating the process of antibiotic susceptibility testing, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2017.

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
J. Herrman, What Will Service Work Look Like Under Amazon?, New York Times. (2017) MM16.

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 Chemistry Research
AbbreviationAnal. Chem. Res.
ISSN (print)2214-1812

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