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
M. Kemp, The Mona Lisa of modern science, Nature. 421 (2003) 416–420.
A journal article with 2 authors
A.R. Ives, S.R. Carpenter, Stability and diversity of ecosystems, Science. 317 (2007) 58–62.
A journal article with 3 authors
Y. Liu, F. Grey, Q. Zheng, The high-speed sliding friction of graphene and novel routes to persistent superlubricity, Sci. Rep. 4 (2014) 4875.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Á.F. Fernández, S. Sebti, Y. Wei, Z. Zou, M. Shi, K.L. McMillan, C. He, T. Ting, Y. Liu, W.-C. Chiang, D.K. Marciano, G.G. Schiattarella, G. Bhagat, O.W. Moe, M.C. Hu, B. Levine, Disruption of the beclin 1-BCL2 autophagy regulatory complex promotes longevity in mice, Nature. 558 (2018) 136–140.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
L.B. Castañeda, V. Arunachalam, S. Dharmaraja, Introduction to Probability and Stochastic Processes with Applications, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
F. Bao, P. Samarati, J. Zhou, eds., Applied Cryptography and Network Security: 10th International Conference, ACNS 2012, Singapore, June 26-29, 2012. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
P.N. Martens, M. Mistry, M. Ruhrberg, Prospects for a Sustainable Aluminum Industry, in: A. von Gleich, R.U. Ayres, S. Gößling-Reisemann (Eds.), Sustainable Metals Management: Securing Our Future - Steps Towards a Closed Loop Economy, Springer Netherlands, Dordrecht, 2006: pp. 97–111.

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
J. Davis, Paralyzed Man Able To Move His Arm With His Thoughts In World-First Procedure, IFLScience. (2017).


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, Problems and Needed Improvements in Evaluating Office of Education Programs, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1977.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
G.M. Borchardt, Making D.C. Democracy’s Capital: Local Activism, the “Federal State”, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Washington, D.C, Doctoral dissertation, George Washington University, 2013.

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.M. Eldred, J. Eligon, Doctor Saw Prince a Day Before His Death, New York Times. (2016) A10.

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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