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
C. Macilwain, Green light for plans to sell off US helium reserve, Nature. 405 (2000) 496.
A journal article with 2 authors
P.L. Gribble, S.H. Scott, Overlap of internal models in motor cortex for mechanical loads during reaching, Nature. 417 (2002) 938–941.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.O. Andersson, W.F. Doolittle, C.L. Nesbø, Genomics. Are there bugs in our genome?, Science. 292 (2001) 1848–1850.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
W.D. Xiao, Y.Y. Zhang, L. Tao, K. Aït-Mansour, K.Y. Chernichenko, V.G. Nenajdenko, P. Ruffieux, S.X. Du, H.-J. Gao, R. Fasel, Impact of heterocirculene molecular symmetry upon two-dimensional crystallization, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 5415.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Ratzliff, J. Unutzer, W. Katon, K.A. Stephens, Integrated Care, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
N.T. Nguyen, B. Trawiński, J.J. Jung, eds., New Challenges for Intelligent Information and Database Systems, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
K. Krishnamoorthy, M. Park, S. Darbha, M. Pachter, P. Chandler, Approximate Dynamic Programming Applied to UAV Perimeter Patrol, in: F. Fahroo, L.Y. Wang, G. Yin (Eds.), Recent Advances in Research on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2013: pp. 119–146.

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
J. Davis, The Parasite That Causes Chagas Disease Is Much More Widespread In The USA Than Previously Thought, 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: Cellular Service Competition, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1993.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
B.H. Weisblatt, The numinous on Russian soil: A depth psychological interpretation of religious experience in “The Brothers Karamazov,” Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010.

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
G. Harris, B. Shpigel, Jets Owner Is Appointed Ambassador to Britain, New York Times. (2017) A22.

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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