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
Tobias JA (2015) Biodiversity: Hidden impacts of logging. Nature 523:163–164
A journal article with 2 authors
Bowler C, Scanlan DJ (2014) Genetics. Being selective in the Prochlorococcus collective. Science 344:366–367
A journal article with 3 authors
Sillanpää MA, Park JI, Simmonds RW (2007) Coherent quantum state storage and transfer between two phase qubits via a resonant cavity. Nature 449:438–442
A journal article with 5 or more authors
Lanza R, Chung Y, West MD, Campbell KHS (2003) Comment on “Molecular correlates of primate nuclear transfer failures.” Science 301:1482; author reply 1482

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Shanmugam R, Chattamvelli R (2015) Statistics for Scientists and Engineers. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ
An edited book
Salberg A-B, Hardeberg JY, Jenssen R (eds) (2009) Image Analysis: 16th Scandinavian Conference, SCIA 2009, Oslo, Norway, June 15-18, 2009. Proceedings. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
A chapter in an edited book
van der Sloot B, Zuiderveen Borgesius F (2012) Google and Personal Data Protection. In: Lopez-Tarruella A (ed) Google and the Law: Empirical Approaches to Legal Aspects of Knowledge-Economy Business Models. T. M. C. Asser Press, The Hague, The Netherlands, pp 75–111

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 (2015) Cigarette Smoke Could Thin Cerebral Cortex. 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 (2002) Customs Service Modernization: Management Improvements Needed on High-Risk Automated Commercial Environment Project. 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
Urshel CL (2006) The Technical Adequacy of Standards-Derived Curriculum-Based Measures for Reading Comprehension and Math Computation in Middle School. Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati

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
Graham R (2017) ‘A Second Chance at Choice.’ New York Times MM46

In-text citations

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

This sentence cites one reference (Tobias 2015).
This sentence cites two references (Bowler and Scanlan 2014; Tobias 2015).

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

  • Two authors: (Bowler and Scanlan 2014)
  • Three or more authors: (Lanza et al. 2003)

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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