How to format your references using the Journal of Proteomics citation style

This is a short guide how to format citations and the bibliography in a manuscript for Journal of Proteomics. 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
B.J. Dickson, Molecular mechanisms of axon guidance, Science. 298 (2002) 1959–1964.
A journal article with 2 authors
R.L. Modlin, P.A. Sieling, Immunology. Now presenting: gammadelta T cells, Science. 309 (2005) 252–253.
A journal article with 3 authors
M.V. Rockman, S.S. Skrovanek, L. Kruglyak, Selection at linked sites shapes heritable phenotypic variation in C. elegans, Science. 330 (2010) 372–376.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
D.J. Karoly, K. Braganza, P.A. Stott, J.M. Arblaster, G.A. Meehl, A.J. Broccoli, K.W. Dixon, Detection of a human influence on North American climate, Science. 302 (2003) 1200–1203.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
K. O’Connor, F. Aardema, Clinician’s Handbook for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK, 2011.
An edited book
W. Zhang, X. Yang, Z. Xu, P. An, Q. Liu, Y. Lu, eds., Advances on Digital Television and Wireless Multimedia Communications: 9th International Forum on Digital TV and Wireless Multimedia Communication, IFTC 2012, Shanghai, China, November 9-10, 2012. Proceedings, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2012.
A chapter in an edited book
C. de Granville, D. Wang, J. Southerland, A.H. Fagg, R. Platt, Grasping Affordances: Learning to Connet vission to Hand Action, in: G. Sukhatme (Ed.), The Path to Autonomous Robots: Essays in Honor of George A. Bekey, Springer US, Boston, MA, 2009: pp. 1–22.

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 Proteomics.

Blog post
J. O`Callaghan, Saturn’s Moon Enceladus May Have Been Knocked On Its Side, IFLScience. (2017). (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, Business Systems Modernization: Strategy for Evolving DOD’s Business Enterprise Architecture Offers a Conceptual Approach, but Execution Details Are Needed, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 2007.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
M.E. Rabalais, STEAM: A National Study of the Integration of the Arts Into STEM Instruction and its Impact on Student Achievement, Doctoral dissertation, University of Louisiana, 2014.

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
B. Brantley, As Jaded as Bill Murray Trapped in a Time Warp, New York Times. (2016) C1.

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 Proteomics
AbbreviationJ. Proteomics
ISSN (print)1874-3919

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