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
Q. Schiermeier, Postdoc positions axed as economic crisis takes its toll, Nature. 420 (2002) 452.
A journal article with 2 authors
P.J. Rossky, G.C. Walker, Retrospective. Paul F. Barbara (1953-2010), Science. 330 (2010) 1191.
A journal article with 3 authors
I.M. Robinson, R. Ranjan, T.L. Schwarz, Synaptotagmins I and IV promote transmitter release independently of Ca(2+) binding in the C(2)A domain, Nature. 418 (2002) 336–340.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
X. Li, B. Monks, Q. Ge, M.J. Birnbaum, Akt/PKB regulates hepatic metabolism by directly inhibiting PGC-1alpha transcription coactivator, Nature. 447 (2007) 1012–1016.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
R.J. Martinelli, D.Z. Milosevic, Project Management ToolBox, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
L. Cervantes, Hierarchical Type-2 Fuzzy Aggregation of Fuzzy Controllers, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
P. Kumar, From Punch to Matlvālā: Transcultural Lives of a Literary Format, in: H. Harder, B. Mittler (Eds.), Asian Punches: A Transcultural Affair, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 75–110.

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, Bizarre Photo Appears To Show Snake EATING Its Way Out Of Another Snake, 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, Telecommunications: GSA Has Made Progress Planning for a New Governmentwide Program, But Critical Issues Remain, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2005.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
S. Jennings, Hiring, promotions, and identity negotiation of female hiring agents in American corporate retail, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2015.

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
B. Mueller, A.L. Baker, Steep Drop in Gang Violence Pushed City Shootings Below 1,000 in 2016, New York Times. (2017) A17.

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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