How to format your references using the Journal of Analytical Toxicology citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Analytical Toxicology. 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
1. Berger, F. (2004) Plant sciences. Imprinting--a green variation. Science (New York, N.Y.), 303, 483–485.
A journal article with 2 authors
1. Sarewitz, D. and Nelson, R. (2008) Three rules for technological fixes. Nature, 456, 871–872.
A journal article with 3 authors
1. Zhang, Q., Piston, D.W. and Goodman, R.H. (2002) Regulation of corepressor function by nuclear NADH. Science (New York, N.Y.), 295, 1895–1897.
A journal article with 7 or more authors
1. Boris, A.V., Kovaleva, N.N., Dolgov, O.V., Holden, T., Lin, C.T., Keimer, B., et al. (2004) In-plane spectral weight shift of charge carriers in YBa2Cu3O6.9. Science (New York, N.Y.), 304, 708–710.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
1. Molimard, J. (2016) Experimental Mechanics of Solids and Structures. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ.
An edited book
1. Gaillardon, P.-E. (2012) Disruptive Logic Architectures and Technologies: From Device to System Level. O’Connor, I., Clermidy, F. (eds), Springer, New York, NY.
A chapter in an edited book
1. Beck, M.B., Lin, Z. and Stigter, J.D. (2012) Model Structure Identification and the Growth of Knowledge. In Wang, L., Garnier, H. (eds), System Identification, Environmental Modelling, and Control System Design. Springer, London, pp. 69–96.

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 Journal of Analytical Toxicology.

Blog post
1. Davis, J. (2017) Researchers Develop Antibiotic Spider Silk That Could Be Used To Treat Wounds. IFLScience, January 5, 2017. (30 October 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
1. Government Accountability Office (2002) Business Systems Modernization: IRS Needs to Better Balance Management Capacity with System Acquisition Workload. 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
1. Watson, D.J. (2010) How the Lead Systems Integrator Experience Should Enhance Efforts to Rebuild the Defense Acquisition Workforce. 2010.

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. Wagner, J. (2016) Colon, After 3 Seasons With Mets, Agrees to Join Braves. New York Times, November 11, 2016.

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in parentheses:

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 titleJournal of Analytical Toxicology
AbbreviationJ. Anal. Toxicol.
ISSN (print)0146-4760
ISSN (online)1945-2403
ScopeChemical Health and Safety
Analytical Chemistry
Environmental Chemistry
Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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