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
E. Breukink, Cell biology. Lethal traffic jam, Science. 325 (2009) 684–685.
A journal article with 2 authors
A. Falk, N. Szech, Morals and markets, Science. 340 (2013) 707–711.
A journal article with 3 authors
J.F. Kasting, D.C. Catling, K. Zahnle, Atmospheric oxygenation and volcanism, Nature. 487 (2012) E1; discussion E2.
A journal article with 4 or more authors
Y.E. Dubrova, R.I. Bersimbaev, L.B. Djansugurova, M.K. Tankimanova, Z.Z. Mamyrbaeva, R. Mustonen, C. Lindholm, M. Hultén, S. Salomaa, Nuclear weapons tests and human germline mutation rate, Science. 295 (2002) 1037.

Books and book chapters

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

An authored book
G. Möller, Geotechnik, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany, 2013.
An edited book
D.A. Schulsinger, ed., Kidney Stone Disease: Say NO to Stones!, Springer International Publishing, Cham, 2015.
A chapter in an edited book
H.W. Rines, S.J. Molnar, N.A. Tinker, R.L. Phillips, Oat, in: C. Kole (Ed.), Cereals and Millets, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, 2006: pp. 211–242.

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
D. Andrew, Melting Ice And Satellites: How To Measure The Earth’s ‘Wiggle,’ 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, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Light Truck Average Fuel Economy Standard, Model Year 2001, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1999.

Theses and dissertations

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

Doctoral dissertation
X. Liao, Creative Learning for Intelligent Robots, Doctoral dissertation, University of Cincinnati, 2006.

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.J. de la MERCED, Activist Fund Pushes Nestlé For Shake-Up, New York Times. (2017) B1.

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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