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. Heritage, Plant sciences. Super sunflowers--stopping the rot?, Science. 300 (2003) 1243–1244.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. Badcock, B. Crespi, Battle of the sexes may set the brain, Nature. 454 (2008) 1054–1055.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.S. Hill, P.B. Hitchcock, R. Pongtavornpinyo, A linear homocatenated compound containing six indium centers, Science. 311 (2006) 1904–1907.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
S. Carosio, L. Barberi, E. Rizzuto, C. Nicoletti, Z. Del Prete, A. Musarò, Generation of eX vivo-vascularized Muscle Engineered Tissue (X-MET), Sci. Rep. 3 (2013) 1420.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
AIChE technical manual, Dow’s Chemical Exposure Index Guide, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 1998.
An edited book
P. Abrahamsson, N. Oza, eds., Lean Enterprise Software and Systems: First International Conference, LESS 2010, Helsinki, Finland, October 17-20, 2010. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010.
A chapter in an edited book
A.A. Assali, D. Lenne, B. Debray, Heterogeneity in Ontological CBR Systems, in: S. Montani, L.C. Jain (Eds.), Successful Case-Based Reasoning Applications - I, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2010: pp. 97–116.

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
R. Andrews, Groundbreaking Test For Parkinson’s Disease Could Lead To Early Detection, 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, Allowances for Independent Research and Development Costs in Negotiated Contracts, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1970.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M. Robertson-Tessi, Mathematical models of tumor growth and therapy, Doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, 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
P.S. Goodman, As U.S. Raises Walls on Trade, Allies Move On, New York Times. (2017) A1.

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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