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
[1]
K.M. Cuffey, Geophysics. Antarctic ice flow revealed, Science. 333 (2011) 1386–1387.
A journal article with 2 authors
[1]
M.S. Chen, M.C. White, Combined effects on selectivity in Fe-catalyzed methylene oxidation, Science. 327 (2010) 566–571.
A journal article with 3 authors
[1]
H. Lee, O.-K. Chah, J. Sheen, Stem-cell-triggered immunity through CLV3p-FLS2 signalling, Nature. 473 (2011) 376–379.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
[1]
J. Valentine, S. Zhang, T. Zentgraf, E. Ulin-Avila, D.A. Genov, G. Bartal, X. Zhang, Three-dimensional optical metamaterial with a negative refractive index, Nature. 455 (2008) 376–379.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
[1]
R.L. Peterson, Trading on Sentiment, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2016.
An edited book
[1]
P. Buzzini, R. Margesin, eds., Cold-adapted Yeasts: Biodiversity, Adaptation Strategies and Biotechnological Significance, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
[1]
U. Parui, V. Sanil, Introduction to Windows Server Failover Clustering, in: V. Sanil (Ed.), Pro SQL Server Always On Availability Groups, Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2016: pp. 45–52.

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
[1]
E. Andrew, The Genomic Revolution is Coming – and With it Some Big Dilemmas, IFLScience. (2015). https://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/genomic-revolution-coming-and-it-some-big-dilemmas/ (accessed October 30, 2018).

Reports

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
[1]
Government Accountability Office, Regulating Domestic Telecommunications Common Carriers, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1981.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
[1]
D.R. Wallace, A Comparative Analysis of a Conventional Versus a Computer-assisted Technique for Identification of Mechanical Power Press Hazards, Doctoral dissertation, Ohio State University, 2006.

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
[1]
B. Kenigsberg, A Guide to Screen Cred, New York Times. (2017) C1.

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
Spectroscopy
Condensed Matter Physics
Instrumentation

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