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

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Chromatography B. 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
U. Alon, Simplicity in biology, Nature. 446 (2007) 497.
A journal article with 2 authors
C. Tenopir, D.W. King, Lessons for the future of journals, Nature. 413 (2001) 672–674.
A journal article with 3 authors
M. Taneike, F. Abe, K. Sawada, Creep-strengthening of steel at high temperatures using nano-sized carbonitride dispersions, Nature. 424 (2003) 294–296.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
M.T. Landi, J. Bauer, R.M. Pfeiffer, D.E. Elder, B. Hulley, P. Minghetti, D. Calista, P.A. Kanetsky, D. Pinkel, B.C. Bastian, MC1R germline variants confer risk for BRAF-mutant melanoma, Science. 313 (2006) 521–522.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
A. Zonnenshain, S. Stauber, Managing and Engineering Complex Technological Systems, John Wiley & Sons, Inc, Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
J.S. Latimer, M.A. Tedesco, R.L. Swanson, C. Yarish, P.E. Stacey, C. Garza, eds., Long Island Sound: Prospects for the Urban Sea, Springer, New York, NY, 2014.
A chapter in an edited book
S. Stanković, I. Orović, E. Sejdić, Digital Video, in: I. Orović, E. Sejdić (Eds.), Multimedia Signals and Systems: Basic and Advanced Algorithms for Signal Processing, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2016: pp. 231–284.

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 B.

Blog post
E. Andrew, Penn & Teller Call Bullshit on Anti-Vaccination, IFLScience. (2014).


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, Year 2000 Computing Crisis: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Efforts to Ensure Bank Systems Are Year 2000 Compliant, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1998.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
D.B. Miller, Nurse educators’ leadership styles and nurse graduates’ licensure passage rates, Doctoral dissertation, University of Phoenix, 2009.

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
K. Crow, Finally, a New York Icon Will Exist Only in Memory, New York Times. (2002) 146.

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 B
AbbreviationJ. Chromatogr. B Analyt. Technol. Biomed. Life Sci.
ISSN (print)1570-0232
Cell Biology
Clinical Biochemistry
Analytical Chemistry
General Medicine

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