How to format your references using the Chromatographia citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Chromatographia. 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
Bohannon J (2008) The Gonzo Scientist. Calling all dancing scientists! Science 322:186
A journal article with 2 authors
Krupovic M, Koonin EV (2014) Evolution of eukaryotic single-stranded DNA viruses of the Bidnaviridae family from genes of four other groups of widely different viruses. Sci Rep 4:5347
A journal article with 3 authors
Feldman MW, Lewontin RC, King M-C (2003) Race: a genetic melting-pot. Nature 424:374
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Gao C, Bourke E, Scobie M, et al (2014) Rational design and validation of a Tip60 histone acetyltransferase inhibitor. Sci Rep 4:5372

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Baker HK, Martin GS (2011) Capital Structure and Corporate Financing Decisions. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Weaver CM, Heaney RP (2006) Calcium in Human Health. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
A chapter in an edited book
Jiang Y, Li C, Gabrielson J (2013) Qualification of Biophysical Methods for the Analysis of Protein Therapeutics. In: Narhi LO (ed) Biophysics for Therapeutic Protein Development. Springer, New York, NY, pp 99–126

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 Chromatographia.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) Cancer Could Be As Old As Multicellular Life Itself. 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 (1981) Review of Pension and Fringe Benefits for Contractors’ Employees at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. 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
Perelygin K (2012) Developing physics simulations with OpenCL on a graphics processing unit. Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach

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
Greenhouse L (2006) Justices Hear Arguments On Late-Term Abortion. New York Times A25

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 titleChromatographia
ISSN (print)0009-5893
ISSN (online)1612-1112
Clinical Biochemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

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