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
J.H. Naismith, Don’t let politics put Diamond at risk, Nature. 403 (2000) 698.
A journal article with 2 authors
C.E. Casillas, D.M. Kammen, Environment and development. The energy-poverty-climate nexus, Science. 330 (2010) 1181–1182.
A journal article with 3 authors
J. Lu, W.-H. Li, C.-I. Wu, Comment on “Chromosomal speciation and molecular divergence-accelerated evolution in rearranged chromosomes,” Science. 302 (2003) 988; author reply 988.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y. Bugoslavsky, L.F. Cohen, G.K. Perkins, M. Polichetti, T.J. Tate, R. Gwilliam, A.D. Caplin, Enhancement of the high-magnetic-field critical current density of superconducting MgB2 by proton irradiation, Nature. 411 (2001) 561–563.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
C.B. Hitz, J. Ewing, J. Hecht, Introduction to Laser Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, 2012.
An edited book
T. Keinonen, R. Takala, eds., Product Concept Design: A Review of the Conceptual Design of Products in Industry, Springer, London, 2006.
A chapter in an edited book
G.D. Fleishman, I.N. Toptygin, Nonlinear MHD Waves and Discontinuities, in: I.N. Toptygin (Ed.), Cosmic Electrodynamics: Electrodynamics and Magnetic Hydrodynamics of Cosmic Plasmas, Springer, New York, NY, 2013: pp. 163–216.

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, Mysterious new Virus Could be Causing Paralysis in Children in the U.S.A, IFLScience. (2015). (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, Aviation Safety: FAA Has Improved Its Removal Procedures for Pilot Examiners, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1989.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
R.L. Hannington, Power and display in the court music of Augustus the Strong: The influences affecting the composition of Johann David Heinichens’s sinfonias, Doctoral dissertation, California State University, Long Beach, 2011.

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
M.W. Walsh, No Smoke, No Mirrors: The Dutch Pension Plan, New York Times. (2014) BU1.

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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