How to format your references using the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for International Journal of Mass Spectrometry. 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
J.A. Crame, Evolution. Time’s stamp on modern biogeography, Science. 323 (2009) 720–721.
A journal article with 2 authors
J.M. Blander, R. Medzhitov, Toll-dependent selection of microbial antigens for presentation by dendritic cells, Nature. 440 (2006) 808–812.
A journal article with 3 authors
F.A. Chandra, G. Buzi, J.C. Doyle, Glycolytic oscillations and limits on robust efficiency, Science. 333 (2011) 187–192.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
J.S. Lee, K.M. Collins, A.L. Brown, C.H. Lee, J.H. Chung, hCds1-mediated phosphorylation of BRCA1 regulates the DNA damage response, Nature. 404 (2000) 201–204.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. Stoute, Help, I’m Rich!, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2014.
An edited book
G. Pallis, M. Jmaiel, A. Charfi, S. Graupner, Y. Karabulut, S. Guinea, F. Rosenberg, Q.Z. Sheng, C. Pautasso, S.B. Mokhtar, eds., Service-Oriented Computing - ICSOC 2011 Workshops: ICSOC 2011, International Workshops WESOA, NFPSLAM-SOC, and Satellite Events, Paphos, Cyprus, December 5-8, 2011. Revised Selected Papers, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
A. Kutikhin, E. Brusina, A.E. Yuzhalin, The Role of Enteroviruses, Parvovirus B19, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, and Measles Virus in Atherosclerosis and Related Diseases, in: E. Brusina, A.E. Yuzhalin (Eds.), Viruses and Atherosclerosis, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 35–47.

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 International Journal of Mass Spectrometry.

Blog post
R. Andrews, Enormous Japanese Sinkhole Fixed In Just One Week, IFLScience. (2016). (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, Transportation Services: Better Dissemination and Oversight of DOT’s Guidance Could Lead to Improved Access for Limited English-Proficient Populations (Korean Version), 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
B. Pundir, Surface pressure fluctuations due to an impinging underexpanded supersonic jet, Doctoral dissertation, Florida Atlantic University, 2011.

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
S.K. (nyt), World Briefing | Europe: Moldova: Opposition Politician Missing, New York Times. (2002) A6.

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 titleInternational Journal of Mass Spectrometry
AbbreviationInt. J. Mass Spectrom.
ISSN (print)1387-3806
ScopePhysical and Theoretical Chemistry
Condensed Matter Physics

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