How to format your references using the Journal of Chromatography A citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Chromatography A. 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.E. Gizis, Astronomy. Brown dwarfs, Science. 294 (2001) 801–802.
A journal article with 2 authors
T.J. Buschman, E.K. Miller, Top-down versus bottom-up control of attention in the prefrontal and posterior parietal cortices, Science. 315 (2007) 1860–1862.
A journal article with 3 authors
R. Chu, D. Reczek, W. Brondyk, Capture-stabilize approach for membrane protein SPR assays, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 7360.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
X. Yu, Y. Yu, B. Liu, K. Luo, W. Kong, P. Mao, X.-F. Yu, Induction of APOBEC3G ubiquitination and degradation by an HIV-1 Vif-Cul5-SCF complex, Science. 302 (2003) 1056–1060.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
B.A. Stevens, E. Roediger, Breaking Negative Relationship Patterns, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2016.
An edited book
A.F. Ismail, Carbon-based Membranes for Separation Processes, Springer, New York, NY, 2011.
A chapter in an edited book
K.N. Shreenath, K.G. Srinivasa, Energy Efficient Medium Access Protocol for Clustered Wireless Sensor Networks, in: N. Chaki, N. Meghanathan, D. Nagamalai (Eds.), Computer Networks & Communications (NetCom): Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Networks & Communications, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 37–46.

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 Chromatography A.

Blog post
A. Carpineti, The Brightest Ever Supernova Was Actually A Star Being Ripped Apart, IFLScience. (2016).


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, Federal Judicial Space Follow-up, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1994.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
C. Pope, Words in the Garden, Doctoral dissertation, Pacifica Graduate Institute, 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
STEVEN LEE MYERS; Sophia Kishkovsky contributed reporting for this article, Prosecutor Says Chechen Rebel Had Editor Killed, New York Times. (2005) A11.

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 titleJournal of Chromatography A
AbbreviationJ. Chromatogr. A
ISSN (print)0021-9673
Analytical Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
General Medicine

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