How to format your references using the Journal of Laboratory Automation citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Laboratory Automation (JALA). 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.
EndNoteFind the style here: output styles overview
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
Dennell, R. Archaeology. An Earlier Acheulian Arrival in South Asia. Science 2011, 331, 1532–1533.
A journal article with 2 authors
Gault, F.; Huttner, S. A Cat’s Cradle for Policy. Nature 2008, 455, 462–463.
A journal article with 3 authors
Hashiyama, K.; Hayashi, Y.; Kobayashi, S. Drosophila Sex Lethal Gene Initiates Female Development in Germline Progenitors. Science 2011, 333, 885–888.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Környei, Z.; Beke, S.; Mihálffy, T.; et al. Cell Sorting in a Petri Dish Controlled by Computer Vision. Sci. Rep. 2013, 3, 1088.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
Souza de Cursi, E. Variational Methods for Engineers with Matlab®; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.: Hoboken, NJ, 2015.
An edited book
Leading Research and Evaluation in Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice; Forman, D.; Jones, M.; Thistlethwaite, J., Eds.; Palgrave Macmillan UK: London, 2016.
A chapter in an edited book
Greenberg, I.; Xu, D.; Kumar, D. Creating Across Time and Curved Space. In Processing: Creative Coding and Generative Art in Processing 2; Xu, D.; Kumar, D., Eds.; Apress: Berkeley, CA, 2013; pp. 107–147.

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 Laboratory Automation.

Blog post
Andrew, E. Giant Impacts, Planet Formation And The Search For Life Elsewhere (accessed Oct 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. Federal Funding Provided to 10 Police Departments for Intelligence Activities; GGD-76-20; U.S. Government Printing Office: Washington, DC, 1975.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
Wilkerson, M. R. The Relationship Between Caring School Community Program Implementation and Elementary Student Achievement. Doctoral dissertation, Lindenwood University: St. Charles, MO, 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

In-text citations

References should be cited in the text by sequential numbers in superscript:

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 Laboratory Automation
ISSN (print)2211-0682
ISSN (online)1540-2452

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