How to format your references using the Food Analytical Methods citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Food Analytical Methods. 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
Travers A (2014) Structural biology. The 30-nm fiber redux. Science 344:370–372
A journal article with 2 authors
Holthuis JCM, Menon AK (2014) Lipid landscapes and pipelines in membrane homeostasis. Nature 510:48–57
A journal article with 3 authors
Liu Z, Gandhi CS, Rees DC (2009) Structure of a tetrameric MscL in an expanded intermediate state. Nature 461:120–124
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Moellering RE, Cornejo M, Davis TN, et al (2009) Direct inhibition of the NOTCH transcription factor complex. Nature 462:182–188

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Barnett JE, Johnson WB (2015) Ethics Desk Reference for Counselors. American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA, USA
An edited book
Tkacz E, Kapczynski A (eds) (2009) Internet – Technical Development and Applications. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
Ferreira JJM, Raposo ML, Fernandes CI (2013) The Impact of Inter-firm Cooperation on Performance: A Two-Region Experience. In: Ferreira JJM, Raposo M, Rutten R, Varga A (eds) Cooperation, Clusters, and Knowledge Transfer: Universities and Firms Towards Regional Competitiveness. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp 81–102

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 Food Analytical Methods.

Blog post
Andrew E (2014) No, that’s not a video of a bee rescuing its friend from a spider. In: IFLScience.’s-not-video-bee-rescuing-its-friend-spider/. 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 (1993) Demand Distribution Rolodex Card. 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
Villagomez GC (2017) Helping Foster Parents and Kinship Caregivers Support High School Graduation for Children in Their Care: A Self-Instructional Workbook. 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
Wagner J (2017) Baker Is Out as the Nationals Manager. New York Times D4

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by name and year in parentheses:

This sentence cites one reference (Travers 2014).
This sentence cites two references (Travers 2014; Holthuis and Menon 2014).

Here are examples of in-text citations with multiple authors:

  • Two authors: (Holthuis and Menon 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Moellering et al. 2009)

About the journal

Full journal titleFood Analytical Methods
AbbreviationFood Anal. Methods
ISSN (print)1936-9751
ISSN (online)1936-976X
ScopeFood Science
Analytical Chemistry
Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Safety Research

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